Synopses & Reviews
Ford Madox Ford"s 1915 novel The Good Soldierhas established itself as a masterpiece of literary modernism, taking its place alongside Ulyssesand The Waste Landas a groundbreaking experimental work.
This Norton Critical Edition presents the first scrupulously edited text of the novel, collating all manuscript, typescript, and variant printed versions in Ford"s lifetime.
Everything necessary for careful study of the novel is here: comprehensive annotation, material on manuscript development and textual variants, a detailed "Note on the Text", and relevant illustrations. Together, these materials present readers with both a freshly edited text and the opportunity to reconstruct alternative readings.
"Contemporary Reviews" includes fifteen important assessments of the work, all of which appeared within four months of the novel"s publication.
"Literary Impressionism" collects eight critiques on the technique, including three by Ford and related writings by Henry James and Joseph Conrad, among others.
"Biographical and Critical Commentary" collects seventeen differing assessments of The Good Soldier. Richard Aldington, Samuel Hynes, John A. Meixner, Frank Kermode, Carol Jacobs, Thomas C. Moser, Ann Barr Snitow, Vincent J. Cheng, and Paul B. Armstrong are among the contributors.
A Selected Bibliography is also included.
This Norton Critical Edition presents the first scrupulously edited text of the novel, collating all manuscript, typescript, and variant printed versions in Ford's lifetime. Everything necessary for careful study of the novel is here: comprehensive annotation, material on manuscript development and textual variants, a detailed "Note on the Text", and relevant illustrations.
'A Tale of Passion', as its sub-title declares, The Good Soldier tells of the complex social and sexual relationships between two couples, one English, one American, and the growing awareness by the American narrator John Dowell of the intrigues and passions behind their orderly Edwardian facade. It is the attitude of Dowell, his puzzlement and uncertainty, and the seemingly haphazard manner of his narration that make the book so powerful and mysterious. Ford called it 'the only novel of mine that I considered...at all to count' and it has perplexed and delighted commentators since its publication in 1915. The novel has many comic moments, despite its catalogue of death, insanity, and despair, and has been read as both a comedy and a tragedy. It has inspired the works of many later, distinguished writers, including Graham Greene.
Ford Madox Ford's 1915 novel has established itself as a masterpiece of literary modernism, taking its place alongside and as a groundbreaking experimental work.
'Heralded by Graham Greene as \'one of the finest novels of our century,\' Ford Madox Ford\"s 1915 modernist masterpiece of passion and deceit is now available in a revised and expanded Norton Critical Edition.\n
About the Author
Martin Stannard is a professor of modern English literature at the University of Leicester, where he has taught since 1979. He was previously Leverhulme Research Fellow in English Literature at the University of Edinburgh. He is the author of Muriel Spark: The Biography, Evelyn Waugh, The Early Years: 1903-1939 and Evelyn Waugh, The Later Years: 1939-1966, and editor of Evelyn Waugh, The Critical Heritage. His many articles and reviews have appeared in Modern Language Review, Essays in Criticism, the New York Times Book Review, the Times Higher Education Supplement, and Novel, among other publications.