The Pattern of Ford Madox Ford

MacShane, Frank
April 1955
New Republic;4/4/55, Vol. 132 Issue 14, p16
This article focuses on the author Ford Madox Ford. Two of his known books are "The Good Soldier," and "Parade's End." The author says that it might appear that Ford was an accidental genius, producing two masterpieces in the midst of an enormous amount of hack work, but the facts seem to contradict this assumption. Ford's other works of fiction illustrate how the ideas of his early work grew and matured and how he evolved a pattern and a code that was to receive its most satisfactory treatment in the Tietjens tetralogy. Leaving aside his historical fiction which, admirable as much of it is, is less pertinent to Ford's major work than his novels of contemporary life, one can find a distinct pattern of behavior and definite ethical canons early established. Ford's hero's are altruists-living by a strict morality that is literally based upon Christian teachings.


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