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England and the English

Ford Madox Ford

Edited by Sara Haslam

Ford Madox Ford - England and the English
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ISBN: 978 1 857545 83 8
Categories: 20th Century
Imprint: Lives and Letters
Published: November 2003
216 x 135 x 26 mm
280 pages
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Also available in: eBook (EPUB), eBook (Kindle)
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  • England and the English is Ford Madox Ford’s three-volume exploration of what it means to be English, here published in a single volume for the first time in the United Kingdom. Starting with the brilliantly impressionistic evocations of the chaotic energy of modern London in the first part, Ford proceeds to delve into the rural past that has always been identified as being at the heart of England, before concluding with an investigation of the formation of the English character. Throughout, Ford is the watchful outsider, perceptive, humorous and affectionate towards the complexities of Englishness. A fascinating introduction to the style and preoccupations of this seminal Modernist writer, England and the English has particular resonance for our own times when the sense of national identity is again under scrutiny.

    This edition includes Ford’s preface to the one-volume American edition. Sara Haslam’s introduction sets the trilogy in its contemporary context and outlines its significance in Ford’s work.


    ‘Of the various demands... that he show us the way in which a society works, that he show an understanding of the human heart, that he create characters in whose reality we believe and for whose fate we care, that he describe things and people so that we feel their physical presence, that he illuminate our moral consciousness, that he make us laugh and cry, that he delight us by his craftmanship, there is not one, it seems to me, that Ford does not completely satisfy.'
    W. H. AUDEN


    COVER PAINTING (detail) by Janice Biala. COVER DESIGN by StephenRaw.com
    Sara Haslam
    Sara Haslam is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of English at the Open University. She studied at the University of Liverpool, and King’s College London, and was a founder member of the Ford Madox Ford Society, of which she is currently Chair. She is author of Fragmenting Modernism: Ford Madox ... read more
    'One of the best books I have ever read about Englishness.' - AS Byatt, The Guardian


    Praise for Ford Madox Ford 'Of the various demands one can make of the novelist, that he show us the way in which a society works, that he show an understanding of the human heart, that he create characters whose reality we believe and for whose fate we care, that he describe things and people so that we feel their physical presence, that he illuminate our moral consciousness, that he make us laugh and cry, that he delight us by his craftsmanship, there is not one, it seems to me, that Ford does not completely satisfy. There are not many English novels which deserve to be called great: Parade's End is one of them.'
    W.H.Auden, 1961 
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