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Ford Madox Ford Papers, 1914-1939 | MS Manuscripts

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

Predominant Dates:1914-1939

ID: MS/MS/ms046

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: MS 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

Box and Folder Listing

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[Series 1: Correspondence, 1914-1939],
[Series 2: Miscellany],
[Series 3: Poem Draft],
[Series 4: Works by Others],
[Series 5: Newspaper Column, 1913-1915],
[Series 6: Novel Draft, 1928],

Series 2: MiscellanyAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 3Add to your cart.
Item 1: Paintings of Provence by BIALA with originals of illustrations for Ford Madox Ford's Provence, April 25 - May 9. Gallery of Georgette Passedoit... New York, etc, 1935Add to your cart.
Includes list of works shown, and note on Biala by Pierre Lamure. Printed sheet folded, with autograph note by Ford of invitation to the gallery across the sheet. Signed.
Item 2: Autograph note of new address, phone, etc. on Ford Madox Ford letterhead, Ten Fifth Avenue, No dateAdd to your cart.
1 page
Folder 4: Press release, [1939]: March 13Add to your cart.
Typescript [duplicated], 2 pages. Announcing formation of The Society of the Friends of William Carlos Williams, and stating the next meeting would be in honour of Edward Dahlberg. Includes list of selected members of the society.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 10: The Only Gifted Uncle of the Gifted Young, 1974Add to your cart.
Typescript [photocopy], 24 pages. 2 items
Folder 11: Photograph of Janice Biala painting of Ford, No dateAdd to your cart.
1 item
Folder 12: Photocopies of newsclippings and magazine articles about Ford from Janice Biala's files, No dateAdd to your cart.
circa 45 items
Folder 13-14: Photocopies of newsclippings by and about Ford Madox Ford, 1907-1979Add to your cart.
Photocopies of newsclippings from Daily Mail, The Tribune, The Outlook, and others. circa 148 items

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