Ford Madox Ford: A Dual Life

ISBN : 9780192100153

Max Saunders
1396 Pages
Multiple Copy Pack
185 x 235 mm
Pub date
Sep 2012
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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's greatest 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 two volume set of Max Saunder's magisterial 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 with the 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 up the 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 to spend 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 Max Saunders makes full use of previously unpublished and long-lost material, offering the first biography to establish Ford's importance to modern literature: exploring the relations between a writer's life,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 of literary 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 two volume set is complete with a new foreword considering recent interest in the life and work of Ford Madox Ford.


1. Family
2. Childhood
3. 1889-1992
4. 1893: Art and Elegy
5. Perpetrating Matrimony
6. 1894-1898: The Life of the Country
7. Meeting Conrad
8. 1899-1900: Collaboration
9. 1901: 'A Singular Mosaic'
10. 1902-1903
11. 1904: London
12. 1904: Germany
13. 1905: London
14. 1906: Politics, Marwood, The Fifth Queen
15. 1906-1907
16. 1908-1909: Violet Hunt and The English Review
17. 1909: The Wrecks of Friendships
18. 1909: Suicidal Passion: A Call
19. 1910: Prison, Ladies Whose Bright Eyes
20. 1911: 'Art is Very Bitter'
21. 1911: Giessen
22. 1911: Perpetrating Bigamy
23. 1912-1913: The Dark Forest
24. 1913: Quiet Talking
25. The Good Soldier: Desiring, Designing, Describing
26. 1914-1915: Hostilities
27. 1915-1916: Army
1. 1916: The Somme and Shell-Shock
2. 1916: Kemmel Hill and After
3. 1917: The Edge of Unreason
4. 1918: A Tale of Reconstruction: Stella Bowen
5. 1918: Armistice
6. 1919: Red Ford
7. The Post-War Writer
8. 1920-1921: Bedham: La Vie Litteraire ('Mr Croyd', Thus to Revisit, The Marsden Case
9. 1922: The Last of England
10. 1923: Thus to Re-View
11. 1924: the transatlantic review
12. 1924: The Last of Conrad and of the transatlantic
13. Tall Stories
14. Parade's End
15. 1924-1926: Jean Rhys
16. 11926-1927: USA
17. 1927-1928: Provence, New York, Paris
18. 1928-1929: Elizabeth Cheatham
19. 1929: That Same Poor Man
20. 1930-1931: Janice Biala
21. Doubles
22. 1931-1933: Weathering the Depression
23. Ford's Autobiography
24. 1933-1935: On the Great Trade Route
25. 1935-1936: The Cause of Good Letters
26. 1937: Oliver and the Tates
27. 1938: 'An Old Man Mad About Writing'
28. 1938-1939: The Abyss

About the author: 

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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