Ford, Ford Madox (1873-1939) By Frayn, Andrew
Ford Madox Ford was a British author of German ancestry (he was born Ford Hermann Hueffer), a novelist, poet, editor, critic, biographer, and memoirist. Under his editorship (1908/9) the English Review journal was an influential organ of early modernism, although a commercial failure. He is perhaps best known for The Good Soldier (1915), a classic tale of unreliable narration and psychological intrigue. Ford served in the Great War, and his masterful Parade’s End tetralogy (1924–8) draws on this experience as he develops the modernist techniques and metaphors used in The Good Soldier to rethink the conflict. Ford continued to write novels, literary criticism and history, travel literature, and memoirs until the end of his life. He died in northern France in 1939.