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Ford Madox Ford

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Ford Madox Ford

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Ford Madox Ford (1873-1939), poet, novelist, essayist, and editor, was an important figure in the beginning years of the modernist movement. Ford's poetry, although not studied much today, was considered elegant and formally interesting in its day. Both Ezra Pound and D.H. Lawrence thought Ford one of the best poets of the 1910's, and his style had an important influence on the Imagist movement. His finest novel, The Good Soldier (1915), features one of modernism's best examples of the unreliable narrator. It is both a damning exploration of Edwardian sexual hypocrisy and an experiment in narrative mediation. The two journals for which Ford served as editor, the English Review and the Transatlantic Review, were incredibly important organs for the dissemination of modernist poetry and prose.