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The Good Soldier 

The Good Soldier

A Tale of Passion

Written by: Ford Madox Ford
Edited by: Kenneth Womack & William Baker

Series: Broadview Editions

Publication Date: January 01, 2003
368pp • Paperback / PDF / ePub
ISBN: 9781551113814 / 1551113813

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One of the most important works of twentieth-century British literature, The Good Soldier addresses the lives and interrelationships between two couples: one American, one British. A tragicomic novel of manners, in which John Dowell narrates the disintegration of both his own and another marriage, the work's depiction of passion and intrigue offers an ironic reading of Edwardian-era values.

The Broadview edition features the text of the first edition of the novel published by John Lane and The Bodley Head in 1915. It also includes: other writings by Ford Madox Ford ("On Heaven," excerpts from Henry James: A Critical Study, "On Impressionism," and "Techniques"); contemporary reviews; and Ezra Pound's obituary of Ford Madox Ford.


"It is excellent to see a Broadview edition of this seminal modernist work. 'On Heaven' is an inspired choice for an appendix, as is the extract from Henry James: A Critical Study, which will enable the reader to trace Ford's application of his critical analyses. Biography, textual analysis, contemporary response - they're all here. The reader of this edition is well-equipped for satisfying engagement with Ford's great novel." - Sara Haslam, Open University

Kenneth Womack is a Professor at Pennsylvania State University at Altoona.

William Baker is a Professor at Northern Illinois University, DeKalb.

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Ford Madox Ford: A Brief Chronology

The Good Soldier: A Narrative Chronology

A Note on the Text

The Good Soldier: A Tale of Passion

Dedicatory Letter to Stella Ford (1927)

Appendix A: Ford Madox Ford, "On Heaven"

Appendix B: Ford Madox Ford, excerpts from Henry James: A Critical Study

Appendix C: Ford Madox Ford, "On Impressionism"

Appendix D: Contemporary Reviews

Appendix E: Ford Madox Ford, "Techniques"

Appendix F: F. L. Cross, "Anglo-Catholicism and the Twentieth Century"

Appendix G: H. C. Allen, from Great Britain and the United States: A History of Anglo-American Relations, 1783-1952

Appendix H: Ezra Pound, Obituary for Ford Madox Ford

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The Good Soldier

2003 • 368pp • Paperback • 9781551113814 / 1551113813

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Broadview Press acknowledges the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Canada Book Fund, and also acknowledges the support of the Ontario Media Development Corporation. Freehand Books, an imprint of Broadview, acknowledges the support of the Canadian Council of the Arts.