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Ford, Ford Madox, 1873-1939
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Princeton University Library Collection on Ford Madox Ford Collection
Manuscripts Division
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Ford Madox Ford was a noted British author, poet, and editor. This collection consists of selected manuscripts and correspondence of Ford.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of select manuscripts and correspondence of Ford Madox Ford. The five manuscripts included are two collections of his poems, entitled New Poems (holograph manuscript, 34 pp.) and Poems in Two Keys (typed manuscript, 26 pp.); a preface to Robinson Crusoe (typed manuscript, 10 pp.); a poem, "Claire de Lune" (holograph manuscript, 3 pp.); and "Epilogue" (ca. 1917, both holograph and typed manuscript, 16 pp.), an unpublished work, and two holograph poems titled "To a Tudor Tune" and "A Night Piece". The rest of the collection consists of approximately 100 letters by and to Ford, along with related correspondence from publishers, authors, and relatives, including Alec Waugh, Eden Phillpotts, Violet Hueffer, and the literary agent James Brand Pinker.

Collection Creator Biography:

Ford, Ford Madox

Ford Madox Ford was a noted British author, poet, and editor. Born Ford Madox Hueffer in Merton, Surrey, England, in 1873, Ford was educated at the University College School and wrote his first book, a children's fairy tale called The Brown Owl, when he was seventeen. He traveled widely throughout Germany and France and was strongly influenced by writers he met along the way. His first major work of fiction was The Fifth Queen Trilogy, based on the life of Catherine Howard, the fifth wife of Henry VIII. In 1908, Ford launched the English Review, a literary journal that attracted such notable contributors as H.G. Wells and Henry James. However, scandal in his personal and professional life forced him to sell the journal after only one year. In 1915, Ford published The Good Soldier, which is recognized both as his best novel and as one of the masterpieces of the twentieth century. He served as a lieutenant during World War I in France and decided to remain in Paris after the war, where he founded another literary journal, the Transatlantic Review, which published works by such talented writers as Ernest Hemingway, D.H. Lawrence, and James Joyce. He also published a four-part saga called Parade's End, which is often thought to be his most ambitious work. He spent the remainder of his life living in Paris, Provence, and the United States. Ford died in 1939.

Collection History


Unpublished manuscript "Epilogue" of 16 pages is a gift of Omar S. Pound. Bulk of the collection purchased from Edward Naumberg in 1983-1984.

Custodial History

The collection was formed as a result of a departmental practice of combining into one collection manuscript material of various accessions relating to a particular author.


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Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Princeton University Library Collection on Ford Madox Ford Collection; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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