Ford Madox Ford: A Dual Life: 2 Volume Set

Paperback | October 13, 2012

byMax Saunders

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Ford Madox Ford wrote some of the best English prose of the twentieth century, mastering and metamorphosing all its major forms: the novel, literary criticism, travel writing, even historical and cultural discourse. He was also an innovative and influential poet, as well as the century'sgreatest literary editor. He collaborated with Joseph Conrad, and advised Ezra Pound; his admirers include novelists as diverse as Sinclair Lewis, Jean Rhys, Graham Greene, Anthony Burgess and Gore Vidal.This volume is a combined edition of Max Saunder's magisterial two-volume biography. The first volume takes Ford from his birth as Ford Hermann Hueffer in 1873 to the eve of his departure for France, and war, in 1916. It charts his growth and development as a writer of great complexity, first withthe trilogy The Fifth Queen and culminating in his masterpiece The Good Soldier. It also examines his turbulent emotional life, from his elopement and marriage to Elsie Martindale in 1894 to his affair with Violet Hunt in the same year that he founded The English Review. The second volume takes upthe story from Ford's enlistment in the army and departure for France in 1916 and follows Ford's peronsal relationships, which were no less complex than his work. While living with Stella Bowen after the breakup of his partnership with Violet Hunt he had a brief affair with Jean Rhys, but he was tospend his final years until his death in 1939, with the Polish American painter Janice Biala. Max Saunders makes full use of previously unpublished and long-lost material, offering the first biography to establish Ford's importance to modern literature: exploring the relations between a writer's life, autobiography, and fiction, and showing how Ford's case challeneges the conventions ofliterary biography itself. Saunders provides a ground-breaking reading of Ford's post-war masterpiece, Parade's End , and describes the founding of the transatlantic review, the influential literary journal that published Hemingway, Ezra Pound, Picasso, and many more writers and artists. Ford said that a writer's life is "a dual affair", a life enshrined in the writing and Max Saunders's aim is to examine the interconnections between the private and the public life, and the inner life that drove him. This new combined addition is complete with a new foreword considering recentinterest in the life and work of Ford Madox Ford.

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Ford Madox Ford wrote some of the best English prose of the twentieth century, mastering and metamorphosing all its major forms: the novel, literary criticism, travel writing, even historical and cultural discourse. He was also an innovative and influential poet, as well as the century'sgreatest literary editor. He collaborated with Jo...

Max Saunders is Director of the Arts and Humanities Research Institute and Professor of English and Co-Director at the Centre for Life-Writing Research at King's College London.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:1396 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:October 13, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0192100157

ISBN - 13:9780192100153

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Family2. Childhood3. 1889-19924. 1893: Art and Elegy5. Perpetrating Matrimony6. 1894-1898: The Life of the Country7. Meeting Conrad8. 1899-1900: Collaboration9. 1901: 'A Singular Mosaic'10. 1902-190311. 1904: London12. 1904: Germany13. 1905: London14. 1906: Politics, Marwood, The Fifth Queen15. 1906-190716. 1908-1909: Violet Hunt and The English Review17. 1909: The Wrecks of Friendships18. 1909: Suicidal Passion: A Call19. 1910: Prison, Ladies Whose Bright Eyes20. 1911: 'Art is Very Bitter'21. 1911: Giessen22. 1911: Perpetrating Bigamy23. 1912-1913: The Dark Forest24. 1913: Quiet Talking25. The Good Soldier: Desiring, Designing, Describing26. 1914-1915: Hostilities27. 1915-1916: Army28. 1916: The Somme and Shell-Shock29. 1916: Kemmel Hill and After30. 1917: The Edge of Unreason31. 1918: A Tale of Reconstruction: Stella Bowen32. 1918: Armistice33. 1919: Red Ford34. The Post-War Writer35. 1920-1921: Bedham: La Vie Litteraire ('Mr Croyd', Thus to Revisit, The Marsden Case36. 1922: The Last of England37. 1923: Thus to Re-View38. 1924: the transatlantic review39. 1924: The Last of Conrad and of the transatlantic40. Tall Stories41. Parade's End42. 1924-1926: Jean Rhys43. 11926-1927: USA44. 1927-1928: Provence, New York, Paris45. 1928-1929: Elizabeth Cheatham46. 1929: That Same Poor Man47. 1930-1931: Janice Biala48. Doubles49. 1931-1933: Weathering the Depression50. Ford's Autobiography51. 1933-1935: On the Great Trade Route52. 1935-1936: The Cause of Good Letters53. 1937: Oliver and the Tates54. 1938: 'An Old Man Mad About Writing'55. 1938-1939: The Abyss

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"His book is a wholly admirable example of the scholarly biography, which exists to cast light on its subject's work, not to draw its own light from it. It is compelling and enjoyable." --Allan Massie, Daily Telegraph 15/07/1996