Ford Madox Ford
|Born||Ford Hermann Hueffer|
17 December 1873
Merton, Surrey, England
|Died||26 June 1939 (aged 65)|
|Pen name||Ford Madox Ford|
|Occupation||Novelist, and publisher|
Ford Madox Ford (né Ford Hermann Hueffer (// HEF-ər); 17 December 1873 – 26 June 1939) was an English novelist, poet, critic and editor whose journals The English Review and The Transatlantic Review were instrumental in the development of early 20th-century English literature.
Ford is now remembered for his novels The Good Soldier (1915), the Parade's End tetralogy (1924–28) and The Fifth Queen trilogy (1906–08). The Good Soldier is frequently included among the great literature of the 20th century, including the Modern Library 100 Best Novels, The Observer′s "100 Greatest Novels of All Time", and The Guardian′s "1000 novels everyone must read".
Ford was born in Wimbledon in London, to Catherine Madox Brown and Francis Hueffer, the eldest of three; his brother was Oliver Madox Hueffer. Ford's father, who became music critic for The Times, was German and his mother English. His paternal grandfather Johann Hermann Hüffer was first to publish Westphalian poet and author Annette von Droste-Hülshoff. He was named after his maternal grandfather, the Pre-Raphaelite painter Ford Madox Brown, whose biography he would eventually write.
In 1894, Ford eloped with his school girlfriend Elsie Martindale. The couple were married in Gloucester and moved to Bonnington. In 1901, they moved to Winchelsea. They had two daughters, Christina (born 1897) and Katharine (born 1900). Ford's neighbours in Winchelsea included the authors Henry James and H.G. Wells.
Ford used the name of Ford Madox Hueffer, but he changed it to Ford Madox Ford after World War I in 1919 because "Hueffer" sounded too Germanic.
In the summer of 1927, The New York Times reported that Ford had converted a mill building in Avignon, France into a home and workshop that he called "Le Vieux Moulin". The article implied that Ford was reunited with his wife at this point.
Ford spent the last years of his life teaching at Olivet College in Olivet, Michigan. He died in Deauville, France at the age of 65.
One of Ford's most famous works is the novel The Good Soldier (1915). Set just before World War I, The Good Soldier chronicles the tragic expatriate lives of two "perfect couples", one British and one American, using intricate flashbacks. In the "Dedicatory Letter to Stella Ford” that prefaces the novel, Ford reports that a friend pronounced The Good Soldier “the finest French novel in the English language!” Ford pronounced himself a "Tory mad about historic continuity" and believed the novelist's function was to serve as the historian of his own time. However, he was dismissive of the Conservative Party, referring to it as "the Stupid Party."
Ford was involved in British war propaganda after the beginning of World War I. He worked for the War Propaganda Bureau, managed by C. F. G. Masterman, along with Arnold Bennett, G. K. Chesterton, John Galsworthy, Hilaire Belloc and Gilbert Murray. Ford wrote two propaganda books for Masterman; When Blood is Their Argument: An Analysis of Prussian Culture (1915), with the help of Richard Aldington, and Between St Dennis and St George: A Sketch of Three Civilizations (1915).
After writing the two propaganda books, Ford enlisted at 41 years of age into the Welch Regiment of the British Army on 30 July 1915. He was sent to France. Ford's combat experiences and his previous propaganda activities inspired his tetralogy Parade's End (1924–1928), set in England and on the Western Front before, during and after World War I.
Ford wrote dozens of novels as well as essays, poetry, memoirs and literary criticism. He collaborated with Joseph Conrad on three novels, The Inheritors (1901), Romance (1903) and The Nature of a Crime (1924, although written much earlier). During the three to five years after this direct collaboration, Ford's best known achievement was The Fifth Queen trilogy (1906–1908), historical novels based on the life of Catherine Howard, which Conrad termed, at the time, "the swan song of historical romance." Ford's poem Antwerp (1915) was praised by T.S. Eliot as "the only good poem I have met with on the subject of the war".
When the Spanish Civil War broke out, Ford took the side of the left Republican faction, declaring: "I am unhesitatingly for the existing Spanish Government and against Franco’s attempt—on every ground of feeling and reason...Mr Franco wishes to establish a government resting on the arms of Moors, Germans, Italians. Its success must be contrary to world conscience." His opinion of Mussolini and Hitler was likewise negative, and he offered to sign a manifesto against Nazism.
Promotion of literature
In 1908, Ford founded The English Review. Ford published works with Thomas Hardy, H. G. Wells, Joseph Conrad, Henry James, May Sinclair, John Galsworthy and William Butler Yeats; and debuted works of Ezra Pound, Wyndham Lewis, D. H. Lawrence and Norman Douglas. Ezra Pound and other Modernist poets in London in the teens particularly valued Ford's poetry as exemplifying treatment of modern subjects in contemporary diction. In 1924, he founded The Transatlantic Review, a journal with great influence on modern literature. Staying with the artistic community in the Latin Quarter of Paris, Ford befriended James Joyce, Ernest Hemingway, Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound and Jean Rhys, all of whom he would publish (Ford was the model for the character Braddocks in Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises). Basil Bunting worked as Ford's assistant on the magazine.
As a critic, Ford is known for remarking "Open the book to page ninety-nine and read, and the quality of the whole will be revealed to you." George Seldes, in his book Witness to a Century, describes Ford ("probably in 1932") recalling his writing collaboration with Joseph Conrad, and the lack of acknowledgment by publishers of his status as co-author. Seldes recounts Ford's disappointment with Hemingway: "'and he disowns me now that he has become better known than I am.' Tears now came to Ford's eyes." Ford says, "I helped Joseph Conrad, I helped Hemingway. I helped a dozen, a score of writers, and many of them have beaten me. I'm now an old man and I'll die without making a name like Hemingway." Seldes observes, "At this climax Ford began to sob. Then he began to cry."
Hemingway devoted a chapter of his Parisian memoir A Moveable Feast to an encounter with Ford at a café in Paris during the early 1920s. He describes Ford "as upright as an ambulatory, well clothed, up-ended hogshead."
During a later sojourn in the United States, Ford was involved with Allen Tate, Caroline Gordon, Katherine Anne Porter and Robert Lowell (who was then a student). Ford was always a champion of new literature and literary experimentation. In 1929, he published The English Novel: From the Earliest Days to the Death of Joseph Conrad, a brisk and accessible overview of the history of English novels. He had an affair with Jean Rhys, which ended acrimoniously.
Ford is best remembered for his novels The Good Soldier (1915), the Parade's End tetralogy (1924–28) and The Fifth Queen trilogy (1906–08). The Good Soldier is frequently included among the great literature of the 20th century, including the Modern Library 100 Best Novels, The Observer′s "100 Greatest Novels of All Time", and The Guardian′s "1000 novels everyone must read".
- The Shifting of the Fire, as H Ford Hueffer, Unwin, 1892.
- The Brown Owl, as H Ford Hueffer, Unwin, 1892.
- The Queen Who Flew: A Fairy Tale, Bliss Sands & Foster, 1894.
- Ford Madox Brown : a record of his life and work, as H Ford Hueffer, Longmans, Green, 1896.
- The Cinque Ports, Blackwood, 1900.
- The Inheritors: An Extravagant Story, Joseph Conrad and Ford M. Hueffer, Heinemann, 1901.
- Rossetti, Duckworth, .
- Romance, Joseph Conrad and Ford M. Hueffer, Smith Elder, 1903.
- The Benefactor, Langham, 1905.
- The Soul of London. A Survey of the Modern City, Alston Rivers, 1905.
- The Heart of the Country. A Survey of a Modern Land, Alston Rivers, 1906.
- The Fifth Queen (Part One of The Fifth Queen trilogy), Alston Rivers, 1906.
- Privy Seal (Part Two of The Fifth Queen trilogy), Alston Rivers, 1907.
- The Spirit of the People. An Analysis of the English Mind, Alston Rivers, 1907.
- An English Girl, Methuen, 1907.
- The Fifth Queen Crowned (Part Three of The Fifth Queen trilogy), Nash, 1908.
- Mr Apollo, Methuen, 1908.
- The Half Moon, Nash, 1909.
- A Call, Chatto, 1910.
- The Portrait, Methuen, 1910.
- The Critical Attitude, as Ford Madox Hueffer, Duckworth 1911.
- The Simple Life Limited, as Daniel Chaucer, Lane, 1911.
- Ladies Whose Bright Eyes, Constable, 1911 (extensively revised in 1935).
- The Panel, Constable, 1912.
- The New Humpty Dumpty, as Daniel Chaucer, Lane, 1912.
- Henry James, Secker, 1913.
- Mr Fleight, Latimer, 1913.
- The Young Lovell, Chatto, 1913.
- Antwerp (eight-page poem), The Poetry Bookshop, 1915.
- Henry James, A Critical Study (1915).
- Between St Dennis and St George, Hodder, 1915.
- The Good Soldier, Lane, 1915.
- Zeppelin Nights, with Violet Hunt, Lane, 1915.
- The Marsden Case, Duckworth, 1923.
- Women and Men, Paris, 1923.
- Mr Bosphorous, Duckworth, 1923.
- The Nature of a Crime, with Joseph Conrad, Duckworth, 1924.
- Joseph Conrad, A Personal Remembrance, Little, Brown and Company, 1924.
- Some Do Not . . ., Duckworth, 1924.
- No More Parades, Duckworth, 1925.
- A Man Could Stand Up --, Duckworth, 1926.
- A Mirror To France. Duckworth. 1926
- New York is Not America, Duckworth, 1927.
- New York Essays, Rudge, 1927.
- New Poems, Rudge, 1927.
- Last Post, Duckworth, 1928.
- A Little Less Than Gods, Duckworth, .
- No Enemy, Macaulay, 1929.
- The English Novel: From the Earliest Days to the Death of Joseph Conrad (One Hour Series), Lippincott, 1929; Constable, 1930.
- Return to Yesterday, Liveright, 1932.
- When the Wicked Man, Cape, 1932.
- The Rash Act, Cape, 1933.
- It Was the Nightingale, Lippincott, 1933.
- Henry for Hugh, Lippincott, 1934.
- Provence, Unwin, 1935.
- Ladies Whose Bright Eyes (revised version), 1935
- Portraits from Life: Memories and Criticism of Henry James, Joseph Conrad, Thomas Hardy, H.G. Wells, Stephen Crane, D.H. Lawrence, John Galsworthy, Ivan Turgenev, W.H. Hudson, Theodore Dreiser, A.C. Swinburne, Houghton Mifflin Company Boston, 1937.
- Great Trade Route, OUP, 1937.
- Vive Le Roy, Unwin, 1937.
- The March of Literature, Dial, 1938.
- Selected Poems, Randall, 1971.
- Your Mirror to My Times, Holt, 1971.
- Jones, Daniel (1967). Everyman's English Pronouncing Dictionary (13th; rev. A.C. Gimson ed.). London: Dent. p. 236.
- "Complete Works of Ford Madox Ford, with picture of birthplace in Kingston Road, Wimbledon". Books.google.com. Retrieved 3 February 2014.
- Saunders, Max. "Ford Madox Ford (1873-1939): Biography". The Ford Madox Society. Retrieved 31 May 2015.
- "Biography". Ford Madox Ford Society.
- Hemingway, Ernest. "9: Ford Madox Ford and the Devil's Disciple". A Moveable Feast.
- Mizener, Arthur (1971). The Saddest Story: A Biography of Ford Madox Ford. New York: World Publishing.
- Birkhead, May (14 August 1927). "AMERICANS IN PARIS FIND BOOK MATERIAL; Burton Holmes Obtains Unique Pictures -- Maddox Ford Writes in an Old Mill. DEAUVILLE SEASON STARTS Fine Weather Draws Notables to Coast Resort for the Racing and Polo". The New York Times. Retrieved 31 May 2015.
- Moore, Gene M. (23 December 1982). "The Tory in a Time of Change: Social Aspects of Ford Madox Ford's Parade's End". Twentieth Century Literature. 28 (1): 49–68. doi:10.2307/441444. JSTOR 441444.
- Ford, Ford Madox (1911). Memories and Impressions: A Study in Atmospheres. Harper & Brothers. p. 193.
- Judd, Alan (1991). Ford Madox Ford. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. p. 157.
- Lewis, Pericles. "Antwerp".
- Cassell, Richard A. (November 1961). "The Two Sorrells of Ford Madox Ford". Modern Philology. 59 (2): 114–121. JSTOR 434869.
- Saunders, Max (2012). Ford Madox Ford: A Dual Life: Volume II: The After-War World. Oxford University Press. pp. 627–628.
- Pound, Ezra; Ford, Ford Madox; Lindberg-Seyersted, Brita (1982). Lindberg-Seyersted, Brita (ed.). Pound/Ford, the story of a literary friendship: the correspondence between Ezra Pound and Ford Madox Ford and their writings about each other. New Directions Publishing. ISBN 978-0-8112-0833-8.
- Wald, Richard (1964). Ford Madox Ford: The Essence of His Art. University of California Press. p. 84 – via Google Books.
- Seldes, George (1987). Witness to a Century. New York: Ballantine Books. pp. 258–259. ISBN 0345331818.
- Hemingway, Ernest. A Moveable Feast.
- Honaker, Lisa (Summer 1990). "Caroline Gordon: A Biography, and: Flannery O'Connor and the Mystery of Love (review)". MFS: Modern Fiction Studies. 36 (2): 240–42.
- Liukkonen, Petri. "Jean Rhys". Books and Writers (kirjasto.sci.fi). Finland: Kuusankoski Public Library. Archived from the original on 15 June 2008.
- "100 Best Novels". Modern Library. Random House. 20 July 1998.
- "The Observer's 100 Greatest Novels of All Time - Book awards". Librarything.com. Retrieved 23 December 2017.
- "1000 novels everyone must read". The Guardian. 23 January 2009.
- Anthony Burgess (3 April 2014). You've Had Your Time. Random House. p. 130. ISBN 978-1-4735-1239-9.
- Attridge, John, "Steadily and Whole: Ford Madox Ford and Modernist Sociology," in Modernism/modernity 15:2 ( April 2008), 297–315.
- Carpenter, Humphrey (1987). Geniuses Together: American Writers in Paris in the 1920s. Unwin Hyman. ISBN 0-04-440331-3. Contains a sharp, critical biographical sketch of Ford.
- Hawkes, Rob, Ford Madox Ford and the Misfit Moderns: Edwardian Fiction and the First World War. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012. ISBN 978-0230301535
- Goldring, Douglas, The Last Pre-Raphaelite: A Record of the Life and Writings of Ford Madox Ford. Macdonald & Co., 1948
- Mizener, Arthur, The Saddest Story: A Biography of Ford Madox Ford. World Publishing Co., 1971
- Judd, Alan, Ford Madox Ford. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1991.
- Saunders, Max, Ford Madox Ford: A Dual Life, 2 vols. Oxford, Oxford University Press, 1996. ISBN 0-19-211789-0 and ISBN 0-19-212608-3
- Thirlwell, Angela, Into the Frame: The Four Loves of Ford Madox Brown. London, Chatto & Windus, 2010. ISBN 978-0-7011-7902-1
- Davison-Pégon, Claire; Lemarchal, Dominique (2011). Ford Madox Ford, France and Provence. Amsterdam: Rodopi. ISBN 9789401200462. OCLC 734015160.
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