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The Good Soldier

Edward Ashburnham's marriage is seemingly perfect. But in a series of flashbacks we learn the situation is not what we first believed. The Good Soldier is narrated by John Dowell, whose dissolving relationship forms a large part of the novel. The book, extraordinary for its subject matter when it was published in 1915, is based on incidents of adultery and on Ford's complicated personal life.
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About the Author London-born Ford Madox Ford (1873-1939) is remembered for his novel 'The Good Soldier' and 'The Fifth Queen' trilogy among many other fine books. He was a poet and journal editor who helped develop literature in the early in 20th-century. Ford was born in Wimbledon to Catherine Madox Brown and Francis Hueffer, a music critic for The Times newspaper. He initially wrote under the name Ford Madox Hueffer in honour of his grandfather, painter Ford Madox Brown. He was a contemporary of authors Henry James and H.G. Wells and spent several years teaching at Olivet College in Olivet, Michigan. He died in Deauville, France, at the age of 65. 'The Good Soldier' (1915) is set just before World War I. In real life, the author was involved in British war propaganda and worked for the War Propaganda Bureau, managed by C. F. G. Masterman, along with Arnold Bennett, G. K. Chesterton, John Galsworthy, Hilaire Belloc and Gilbert Murray. Ford wrote two propaganda books and enlisted in the Welch Regiment of the British Army in 1915. Ford wrote dozens of novels as well as essays, poetry, memoirs and literary criticism. He and Joseph Conrad worked on three novels: The Inheritors (1901), Romance (1903) and The Nature of a Crime (1924. His best known work was 'The Fifth Queen' trilogy (1906-1908), which Conrad termed -the swan song of historical romance.-

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