The Good Soldier (Hardcover)
When John Dowell and his wife befriend Edward and Leonora Ashburnham, they appear to be the perfect couple. He is a distinguished soldier and she is beautiful and intelligent. However, what lies beneath the surface of their marriage is far more sinister and their influence leads John into a tragic drama that threatens to destroy everything he cares about.
Ford Madox Ford wrote The Good Soldier, the book on which his reputation most surely rests, in deliberate emulation of the nineteenth-century French novels he so admired. In this way he was able to explore the theme of sexual betrayal and its poisonous after-effects with a psychological intimacy as yet unknown in the English novel.
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About the Author
Ford Madox Ford was an English writer and critic, best known for his novel The Good Soldier, considered to be one of the greatest literary works of the 20th century; the Parade's End tetralogy, which was influenced by Ford's military service during the First World War; and The Fifth Queen trilogy, which chronicles the life of Henry VIII's ill-fated wife, Katherine Howard. As a critic, Ford championed new literature and literary experimentation, and his journals, The English Review and The Transatlantic Review, launched the careers of critically acclaimed authors like Thomas Hardy, Joseph Conrad, Henry James, D. H. Lawrence, and Ernest Hemingway. Ford died in 1939 at the age of 65.
Max Saunders is Professor of English at King's College London, where he teaches nineteenth- and twentieth-century British, American and European literature. He is the author of the two-volume "Ford Madox Ford: A Dual Life" and the editor of Ford's "Selected Poems" and "War Prose", also available from NYU Press.
Richard Stang is professor emeritus of Washington University in St. Louis. His books include "The Theory of the Novel in England" and "Discussions of George Eliot".
Alan Judd is a Fellow of the Geological Society of London and a Chartered Geologist. As an independent consultant he has undertaken consultancy projects for the petroleum and offshore site survey industries, and for the UK and US governments.