The Political Sense of Ford Madox Ford

Walter, E. V.
March 1956
New Republic;3/26/56, Vol. 134 Issue 13, p17
The article focuses on the book "Parade's End," by Ford Madox Ford. Christopher Tietjens, Ford's hero and the incarnation of the aristocratic ideal, encounters the effete institutions of post-Edwardian England, and that world, sick unto death, tries to destroy him. Hating him because he is a symbol of the very ideal they have betrayed, his own people, the recreant ruling class, are his fiercest harrower. He survives their onslaught, endures the First World War; and escapes underground, hinting that in another day aristocracy will rise again. On the one hand, through the mind of Tietjens one perceives the aristocratic ideal from the inside; On the other, one has an allegory of the disintegration of the English governing class.


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