English author. He wrote more than 80 books, the best known of which are the novels The Good Soldier (1915) and Tietjen's Saga (1924–28). As the first editor of the English Review from 1908 to 1910, he published works by established writers such as Thomas Hardy and Joseph Conrad, as well as the works of D H Lawrence, Wyndham Lewis, and Ezra Pound.
He was also founder-editor of The Transatlantic Review in Paris in 1924, which published work by James Joyce and Ernest Hemingway. He was a grandson of the painter Ford Madox Brown.
At the age of 18 he produced his first novel, The Shifting of Fire (1892). After publishing Poems for Pictures (1897), he collaborated with Conrad in writing two novels, The Inheritors (1901) and Romance (1903), and also produced The Fifth Queen (1906–08) (a trilogy about Katherine Howard) and The Half Moon (1909). During World War I he served in a Welsh regiment and wrote The Good Soldier, one of the most influential modern novels. After the war, having changed his name to Ford, he published a series of war novels, often known as the Tietjens tetralogy: Some Do Not (1924), No More Parades (1925), A Man Could Stand Up (1926), and The Last Post (1928). Collected in 1950 as Parade's End, these chronicle the effects of World War I on English society. His Collected Poems appeared in 1913 and New Poems in 1927. Among his critical works are valuable books on Henry James (1913), Conrad (1924), and the English novel (1929). Thus to Revisit (1921), It Was the Nightingale (1933), and Memories and Criticisms (1938) are volumes of reminiscences.
Ford, Ford Madox
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