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Ford Madox Ford (1873–1939)

Auteur de Le bon soldat

111+ oeuvres 9,225 utilisateurs 191 critiques 28 Favoris

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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 afficher plus 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) afficher moins
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Œuvres de Ford Madox Ford

Le bon soldat (1915) 4,775 exemplaires
Parade's End (1925) — Auteur — 1,751 exemplaires
The Fifth Queen Trilogy (1962) 362 exemplaires
Some Do Not... (1924) 180 exemplaires
The Inheritors (1901) 172 exemplaires
L'Aventure (1903) 158 exemplaires
A Man Could Stand Up (1926) 129 exemplaires
No More Parades (1925) 126 exemplaires
Last Post (1928) 100 exemplaires
Some Do Not & No More Parades (1948) 57 exemplaires
La nature d'un crime (1924) 55 exemplaires
Portraits From Life (1974) 52 exemplaires
The Soul of London (1995) 52 exemplaires
It Was the Nightingale (1933) 51 exemplaires
Ladies Whose Bright Eyes (1911) 47 exemplaires
A Man Could Stand Up / Last Post (1960) 43 exemplaires
The Rash Act (1656) 43 exemplaires
Return to Yesterday (1932) 40 exemplaires
The Ford Madox Ford Reader (1986) 35 exemplaires
The Fifth Queen (2002) 34 exemplaires
No Enemy (1984) 28 exemplaires
Critical Essays (2002) 25 exemplaires
Privy Seal His Last Venture (1990) 23 exemplaires
The Fifth Queen Crowned (2009) 22 exemplaires
War Prose (1999) 20 exemplaires
Selected Poems: Ford Madox Ford (1971) 18 exemplaires
England and the English (2003) 16 exemplaires
The Queen Who Flew (1894) 12 exemplaires
The Brown Owl (1891) 12 exemplaires
A History of Our Own Times (1988) 9 exemplaires
Great Trade Route (1937) 9 exemplaires
Letters of Ford Madox Ford (2015) 7 exemplaires
Collected poems 6 exemplaires
Buckshee (1966) 6 exemplaires
A Mirror to France (1926) 5 exemplaires
The Young Lovell : a romance (1991) 4 exemplaires
The Heart of the Country (2012) 4 exemplaires
The Shifting of the Fire (2001) 3 exemplaires
The Portrait (2016) 2 exemplaires
The feather (2015) 2 exemplaires
AGENDA 2 exemplaires
When the wicked man, (2012) 2 exemplaires
Henry for Hugh (2012) 2 exemplaires
The Marsden Case: A Romance (1923) 1 exemplaire
The critical attitude (1911) 1 exemplaire
New York essays 1 exemplaire
Songs from London 1 exemplaire
Il Senso critico 1 exemplaire
On Heaven 1 exemplaire
Il colpo di testa (1990) 1 exemplaire
the good soldier 1 exemplaire
En Acıklı Öykü 1 exemplaire
Conrad (Italian Edition) (2014) 1 exemplaire
Vive le roy,: A novel 1 exemplaire
The Cinque Ports 1 exemplaire

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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 | 112 autres critiques | 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 autres critiques | Feb 4, 2024 |
This was one of the best novels I have ever read. The prose was crystal clear and images as fresh as the day Ford wrote them. Its picture of marriage and infidelity so painful that I wonder if our great contemporary psycho-therapist Esther Perel had not coached Ford in the details. The picture of landed gentry in England is both accurate and piteously satiric. I sit this book next to Elena Ferrante and Evan Connell’s “Mrs. Bridge.”
 
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MylesKesten | 112 autres critiques | Jan 23, 2024 |
I'd never heard of this book until I read a review last year. Apparently it's a classic written in 1915 set in a pre-WWI German spa town (for the most part). English author ... about an English gentleman who has affairs left and right and how these events affect the lives of the people around him. I had high expectations after reading the reviews which might account for some of why I was disappointed in the book. I didn't care much for this book although I did have enough interest to keep reading to see how it ended.… (plus d'informations)
 
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ellink | 112 autres critiques | Jan 22, 2024 |

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