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Ford Madox Ford (1873–1939)

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Born Ford Hermann Madox Hueffer in England in 1873, Ford Madox Ford came from a family of artists and writers that included his grandfather, the pre-Raphaelite painter Ford Madox Brown, and his uncles Gabriel Dante Rossetti and William Michael Rossetti. Ford's early works were published under the näytä lisää name Ford Madox Hueffer, but in 1919 he legally changed his name to Ford Madox Ford due to legal complications that arose when he left his wife, Elsie Martindale, and their two daughters. He also used the pen names Daniel Chaucer and Fenil Haig. Ford's early works include The Brown Owl, a fairy tale, children's stories, romances, and The Fifth Queen, a historical trilogy about Katherine Howard, the fifth wife of Henry VIII. He also collaborated with Joseph Conrad, whom he first met in 1898, on three novels: The Nature of Crime, The Inheritors, and Romance. Ford is best known for his novels The Good Soldier, which he considered both his first serious effort at a novel and his best work, and Parade's End, a tetralogy set during World War I. Both of these books explore a theme that appears often in Ford's writing, that of a good man whose old-fashioned, gentlemanly code is in conflict with modern industrial society. Ford also published several volumes of autobiography and reminiscences, including Return to Yesterday and It Was the Nightengale, as well as numerous works of biography, history, poetry, essays, travel writing, and criticism of literature and art. Although Ford and Martindale never divorced, Ford had significant, long-term relationships with three other women, all of whom took his name; he had another daughter by one of them. He died in Deauville, France, in 1939. (Bowker Author Biography) näytä vähemmän
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Tekijän teokset

Kelpo sotilas (1915) 4,843 kappaletta, 114 arvostelua
Parade's End (1925) — Tekijä — 1,782 kappaletta, 26 arvostelua
The Fifth Queen Trilogy (1962) 374 kappaletta, 4 arvostelua
The Good Soldier [Norton Critical Edition] (1994) 215 kappaletta, 7 arvostelua
Some Do Not... (1924) 183 kappaletta, 8 arvostelua
The Inheritors (1901) 173 kappaletta, 3 arvostelua
Romance (1903) 158 kappaletta, 3 arvostelua
A Man Could Stand Up (1948) 134 kappaletta, 4 arvostelua
No More Parades (1925) 130 kappaletta, 6 arvostelua
Last Post (1928) 102 kappaletta, 4 arvostelua
Provence, from minstrels to the machine (1935) 77 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
Some Do Not & No More Parades (1948) 58 kappaletta
The Nature of a Crime (1924) 55 kappaletta
Portraits From Life (1974) 52 kappaletta, 2 arvostelua
The Soul of London (1995) 52 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
It Was the Nightingale (1984) 51 kappaletta
Ladies Whose Bright Eyes (1911) 47 kappaletta, 2 arvostelua
A Man Could Stand Up / Last Post (1960) 44 kappaletta
The Rash Act (1656) 44 kappaletta
Return to Yesterday (1932) 42 kappaletta
The Ford Madox Ford Reader (1986) 35 kappaletta
The Fifth Queen (2009) 34 kappaletta, 3 arvostelua
No Enemy (1984) 28 kappaletta
Critical Essays (2002) 25 kappaletta
The Fifth Queen Crowned (2009) 23 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
Privy Seal His Last Venture (1990) 23 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
War Prose (1999) 20 kappaletta
Selected Poems: Ford Madox Ford (1971) 18 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
England and the English (2003) 16 kappaletta
The Queen Who Flew (1894) 12 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
The Brown Owl (1891) 12 kappaletta
A History of Our Own Times (1988) 9 kappaletta
Great Trade Route (1937) 9 kappaletta
Letters of Ford Madox Ford (2015) 7 kappaletta
Buckshee (1966) 6 kappaletta
Collected poems 6 kappaletta
A Mirror to France (1926) 5 kappaletta
The Young Lovell : a romance (1991) 4 kappaletta
The Heart of the Country (2012) 4 kappaletta
The Shifting of the Fire (2001) 3 kappaletta
The Portrait (2016) 2 kappaletta
The inheritors ; Romance (2009) 2 kappaletta
The feather (2015) 2 kappaletta
AGENDA 2 kappaletta
Henry for Hugh (2012) 2 kappaletta
When the wicked man, (2012) 2 kappaletta
Il Senso critico 1 kappale
Il colpo di testa (1990) 1 kappale
On Heaven 1 kappale
The Marsden Case: A Romance (1923) 1 kappale
the good soldier 1 kappale
Conrad (Italian Edition) (2014) 1 kappale
The Cinque Ports 1 kappale
The critical attitude (1911) 1 kappale
New York essays 1 kappale

Associated Works

Jäähyväiset aseille (1929) — Johdanto, eräät painokset22,690 kappaletta, 245 arvostelua
The Victorian Fairytale Book (1988) — Avustaja — 470 kappaletta, 3 arvostelua
Imagist Poetry (Penguin Modern Classics) (1972) — Avustaja — 164 kappaletta, 2 arvostelua
Imagist Poetry: An Anthology (1999) — Avustaja — 138 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
Victorian Fairy Tales (2014) — Avustaja — 87 kappaletta, 5 arvostelua
Perversity (1925) — Kääntäjä, eräät painokset57 kappaletta
Conrad: A Collection of Critical Essays (1966) — Avustaja — 37 kappaletta
The Best Crime Stories Ever Told (2012) — Avustaja — 34 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
Vogue's First Reader (1942) — Avustaja — 27 kappaletta

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Picked this up knowing nothing about the author or the book, without much optimism, as I expected a load of prudish Victorian/Edwardian sentimentality. Absolutely not what I got. Probably deserves fives stars but it's horrible, shocking and mawkish. The rot that came much much later, in the 1960s, is evident here some 45 years earlier. And it's written much better here. The Good Solider is the sign of a society that had already exhausted itself, even before the Great War. Perhaps the Great War was simply the excuse. Wonderfully crafted and like many such novels is somehow greater than the sum of its parts. You suspect that this is partly because there is more of the author in it than the author understood, certainly this was Graham Green's view, because it was his favourite book (Greene and Ford were both fairly hopeless as men, and I think they viewed literature, as written by men, as a kind of coda of personal failure - I did too, once). Personally, my favourite book is probably Heart of Darkness. It so happens that Ford and Conrad were close friends, and Heart of Darkness is referenced in this work. But whereas Heart of Darkness pits civilisation against savagery, and man against nature, in a largely external way, The Good Soldier deals with internalities, with sex and love and God in Hampshire and abroad. A hopeless and confused book but bloody brilliant as a kind of horror story of quiet, "decent" lives masking agonising spiritual confusion and shocking inhumanity. And naturally everybody's got loads of money, so what the hell are they on about, really. Somewhat less but still interesting because of its treatment of "Anglo" Catholicism as something distinct from its continental equivalent, and its implicit suggestion that it represents some sort of noble maladjustment, an intellectual conceit that was popular amongst British intellectuals of the time - Greene himself as a somewhat later example. A horror story with no supernatural elements.… (lisätietoja)
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Quickpint | 113 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jun 8, 2024 |
The Good Soldier was an excellent audiobook. I've not read it before because I thought it would be about war, and dull at that. It wasn't even a tiny bit dull. It actually shocked me a couple of times; what a weird and twisted story it is.

To some extent I was right about the book concerning itself with war, but not on a battlefield but in the marriages of two couples. There were characters who fought on both sides of the war, there were spies, there were betrayals worse than ever those fought on muddy fields or in rat-infested trenches.

If you're Catholic and easily offended, this is not the book for you. I'm not Catholic and I was taken aback at the author's anti-Catholic themes that repeated throughout the book.

The thing that surprised me the most about the novel was the complete lack of sexual education some characters had. There is one character, female, who has no idea what sex is or where babies come from. I'm curious to know whether many women of the time (early 20th century) went into marriage as blind as these fictional people.

The Good Soldier goes right into a mental list of "best books". It isn't a favourite, though. It was too unpleasant and upsetting for favoritism, but the craft, story, and style of the novel make it a great one, however unhappy the story.
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ahef1963 | 113 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Apr 30, 2024 |
Victorian literature might often hint at extramarital affairs and hijinx, but always under the guise of pursuing or seeking true love. Ford Madox Ford bravely struck a new chord in this 1915 novel with his statement that sometimes - if not often - it's just a fling, based on loneliness or the sexual desire. This stripping away of the curtains around the issue didn't land him in censorship waters like James Joyce a few years later, but his novel was branded as "unpleasant" and "dangerous". This for addressing an everyday occurrence in plainer language so that it might be explored on the page.

This novel is also an early example of literary impressionism, a style that we take for granted today. Ford takes a roundabout path to telling his story, providing us with an after-the-fact narrator John Dowell who tends to ramble and gets things out of order. Immediately we know who dies, so that's the hook to exploring why. John contradicts himself on occasion, or says something offhand that startles but then he doesn't address it immediately, and some of his adjectives take on a fresh meeting later. Rather than frustrating, however, it creates a layer of mystery and need-to-know that keeps the pages turning.

John is a significant example of an unreliable narrator, his judgements and feelings about what transpired shifting in several directions. Only the concluding pages provide confirmation where his true sympathy lies, when his actions speak louder than his words. Ford is suggesting through John that sometimes our passions are too much for the artificial constructs of society to contain - our religious moralities, our marriage contracts, our collective sense of decency. That someone who is destroyed when they run counter to these may be too well understood to be considered a villain, given the base desires most of us share; except that this characterization too must to be done, so the rest of us can go on with our orderliness and stability to win whatever happiness remains.
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Cecrow | 113 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Mar 31, 2024 |
I read the Norton Critical Edition of this 1915 novel, and I enjoyed the essays/reviews better than the book. Fuller review to come.
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bschweiger | 6 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Feb 4, 2024 |


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