This early work by Ford Madox Ford was originally published in 1938
and we are now republishing it with a brand new introduction. Ford
Madox Ford was born Ford Madox Hueffer in Merton, Surrey, England
on 17th December 1873. The creative arts ran in his family -
Hueffer's grandfather, Ford Madox Brown, was a well-known painter,
and his German emigre father was music critic of The Times - and
after a brief dalliance with music composition, the young Hueffer
began to write. Although Hueffer never attended university, during
his early twenties he moved through many intellectual circles, and
would later talk of the influence that the "Middle Victorian,
tumultuously bearded Great" - men such as John Ruskin and Thomas
Carlyle - exerted on him. In 1908, Hueffer founded the English
Review, and over the next 15 months published Thomas Hardy, H. G.
Wells, Joseph Conrad, Henry James, John Galsworthy and W. B. Yeats,
and gave debuts to many authors, including D. H. Lawrence and
Norman Douglas. Hueffer's editorship consolidated the classic canon
of early modernist literature, and saw him earn a reputation as of
one of the century's greatest literary editors. Ford's most famous
work was his Parade's End tetralogy, which he completed in the
1920's and have now been adapted into a BBC television drama. Ford
continued to write through the thirties, producing fiction,
non-fiction, and two volumes of autobiography: Return to Yesterday
(1931) and It was the Nightingale (1933). In his last years, he
taught literature at the Olivet College in Michigan. Ford died on
26th June 1939 in Deauville, France, at the age of 65.
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