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Ford Madox Ford Papers (MSS046)

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Title: Ford Madox Ford Papers (MSS046), 1914-1939Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1914-1939

ID: MSS/MSS/046

Primary Creator: Ford, Ford Madox, 1873-1939

Extent: 2.0 Boxes

Date Acquired: 11/01/1966

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The most significant portion of Washington University's Ford Madox Ford Papers is the carbon typescript of A Little Less Than Gods (1928), Ford's novel of romance and adventure set in the Napoleonic Wars. This manuscript contains numerous revisions and corrections by him. The collection also contains several letters from Ford, primarily to Alfred H. Mendes, whose book Ford was helping to get published, as well as an autograph draft of the poem The Old Faith by Ford and several drafts and galleys of work from The Transatlantic Review with corrections by Ford. Also included are a large group of photocopies of scarce columns written by Ford for The Outlook between 1913-1915.

Collection Historical Note

Ford Madox Ford is one of the most important, but overlooked, literary figures of the early 20th centuruy. He was a poet and novelist who wrote more than 60 books, but he is remembered as much for his literary associations as for his own writings.

He was born Ford Madox Hueffer in Marton, England into a family of German artists and writers and began his writing career at an early age. Ford befriended Joseph Conrad and the two collaborated on three novels, The Inheritor (1903), Romance (1903), and The Nature of Crime (1924). His own early works were well-received and critics predicted a promising career for Ford. He founded The English Review in 1908 and published Conrad, Thomas Hardy, Henry James, H. G. Wells, T. S. Elliot, and others. After serving in Wolrd War I, Ford settled in Paris. There he founded The Transatlantic Review and introduced the work of James Joyce and Ernest Hemingway. Other authors of note with whom Ford was associated as editor or friend include Ezra Pound, D. H. Lawrence, Wyndham Lewis, and Gertrude Stein. He spent his later years in the United States and in France where he died in 1939.

While he is remembered most often for his friendships with Pound, Conrad, Joyce, and others, Ford was also a major force in the development of the modern English novel. He was especially adept at new techniques involving narration and the shifting of time within his works. These innovative approaches to writing are best seen in his most famous novels, The Good Soldier (1915) and a quartet of novels written between 1924 and 1928 which were gathered into one volume, Parades End (1950). Ford was a distinguished critic and wrote numerous essays, reviews, and monographs about contemporary art and literature.

Administrative Information

Repository: MSS Manuscripts

Access Restrictions: Open

Use Restrictions:

Users of the collection must read and agree to abide by the rules and procedures set forth in the Materials Use Policies.

Providing access to materials does not constitute permission to publish or otherwise authorize use. All publication not covered by fair use or other exceptions is restricted to those who have permission of the copyright holder, which may or may not be Washington University.

If you wish to publish or license Special Collections materials, please contact Special Collections to inquire about copyright status at (314) 935-5495 or spec@wumail.wustl.edu. (Publish means quotation in whole or in part in seminar or term papers, theses or dissertations, journal articles, monographs, books, digital forms, photographs, images, dramatic presentations, transcriptions, or any other form prepared for a limited or general public.)

Acquisition Source: Purchase and gift

Acquisition Method:

Accession number 787. Purchase from House of Books, November 1, 1966.

Accession number 842. Purchase from Bertram Rota, Ltd, July 27, 1967.

Accession number 929. Purchase from Charles Book Books, June 27, 1968.

Accession number 959. Purchase from House of Books, August 5, 1968.

Accession number 976. Purchase from House of Books, August 27, 1968.

Accession number 1279. Gift of Sondra Stang, July 19, 1971.

Accession number 1315. Purchase, October 26, 1971.

Accession number 1567. Gift of Sondra Stang, January 18, 1983.

Accession number 1649. Unknown, January 25, 1985.

Accession number 22978. Unknown

Accession number 22979. Unknown

Accession number 23916. Gift of Richard Stang.

Related Materials: See also Richard Stang Papers

Preferred Citation: Name of the Collection, Washington University Libraries, Department of Special Collections


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[Series 1: Correspondence, 1914-1939],
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Series 1: Correspondence, 1914-1939Add to your cart.
Consists of correspondence by Violet Hunt and by Ford Madox Ford, arranged by author then chronologically.
Sub-Series 1: Correspondence from Violet Hunt, Box 1, Folder 1Add to your cart.
2 items
Item 1: To Mr. Dibden, [1914]: July 9Add to your cart.
Autograph letter signed, 4 pages. South Lodge, Campden Hill Road, London. She asks him if he would care to handle the sale of some black and white drawings and sketches by Ford Madox Brown and two drawings by Rossetti. Signed "Violet Hunt Hueffer."
Item 2: To Mr. Dibden, [1914]: December 4Add to your cart.
Autograph letter signed, 4 pages. South Lodge, Campden Hill, Kensington. She expresses disappointment at prices fetched by the drawings and sketches. She feels that her father's works [Alfred Hunt] have been particularly undervalued. She asks him to see if he can get the figure raised.
Sub-Series 2: Correspondence from Ford Madox Ford, Box 1, Folder 2Add to your cart.
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Item 1: To J[ames] B[oliver] Manson, Director of the National Gallery, London, 1929: January 11Add to your cart.
Typed letter signed, 1 page. 32 Rue de Vaugirad, Paris. Thanks him for his comments on his Tietjens novels and complains about the critical reception of his work in England and about the general financial problems of the artist in British society.
Item 2: To Leonie [Adams], 1929: May 31Add to your cart.
Typed letter signed, 1 page. 30 West 9th Street, New York City. Asks her to contact him, explains that he is moving, suggests they meet.
Item 3: To Winnie Winsom, 1937: March 27Add to your cart.
Typed letter signed, 1 page. Ten Fifth Avenue, [New York]. Asks her to arrange a meeting before he leaves for the south in one month.
Item 4: To [Don] Purvis, 1937: June 17Add to your cart.
Autograph letter signed, 1 page. Allen Tate, Clarksville, Tenn. to Purvis, Washington, D.C. Apologizes for delay in sending the Nightingale.
Item 5: To Alfred H. Mendes, 1938: October 28Add to your cart.
Typed letter signed, 1 page. Ten Fifth Avenue, [New York]. Notes he plan to publish only first books by new authors but invites him to submit his book for possible referral to another publisher.
Item 6: To Alfred H. Mendes, 1938: November 18Add to your cart.
Typed letter signed, 1 page. Ten Fifth Avenue, [New York]. He has read Mendes' Black Fauns with great interest and would like to discuss it further.
Item 7: To Alfred H. Mendes, 1939: January 4Add to your cart.
Typed letter signed, 1 page. Ten Fifth Avenue, [New York]. Ford has not yet written a preface to [Black Fauns] because he has yet to find a publisher for the book. Asks him to visit as his rheumatism prevents him from going out.
Item 8: To Alfred H. Mendes, 1939: January 19Add to your cart.
Typed letter signed, 1 page. Ten Fifth Avenue, [New York]. Reviews the publishing prospects for Black Fauns and suggests Mendes apply for a Houghton-Mifflin scholarship.
Item 9: To Alfred H. Mendes, 1939: March 9Add to your cart.
Typed letter signed, 1 page. Ten Fifth Avenue, [New York]. Ford continues to try to place Black Fauns. Asks for another copy to send round to publishers.
Item 10: To Alfred H. Mendes, 1939: March 30Add to your cart.
Typed letter signed, 1 page. Ten Fifth Avenue, [New York]. Ford has still not found a publisher for Black Fauns. Suggests that Mendes approach the Frederick Stokes Co. about the possibility of doing a topographical work for them, in line with his WPA work.
Item 11: To Alfred H. Mendes, 1939: April 26Add to your cart.
Typed letter signed, 1 page. Ten Fifth Avenue, [New York]. Agrees to write a preface to [Black Fauns]. (Portion of blank page cut from sheet).
Item 12: To Alfred H. Mendes, 1939: May 15Add to your cart.
Typed letter signed, 1 page. Ten Fifth Avenue, [New York]. Scolds him for not telling him that [Black Fauns] is not yet placed, as his proposed Preface is difficult and time-consuming when publication is not assured. Instructs him to how to approach other publishers. Encloses a typed letter, 1 page, May 15, 1939 letter of admiration for the book that Mendes may show to publishers.

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