This Norton Critical Edition includes: 15 contemporary reviews; a chapter on literary impressionism with critiques by Henry James, Joseph Conrad, Ford himself and others; critical essays that provide a variety of perspectives on the book; and Ford's letter to Stella Ford, published in 1927.
Everything necessary for careful study of the novel is here: comprehensive annotation, material on manuscript development and textual variants, a detailed "Note on the Text", and relevant illustrations. Together, these materials present readers with both a freshly edited text and the opportunity to reconstruct alternative readings.
"Contemporary Reviews" includes fifteen important assessments of the work, all of which appeared within four months of the novel's publication.
"Literary Impressionism" collects eight critiques on the technique, including three by Ford and related writings by Henry James and Joseph Conrad, among others.
"Biographical and Critical Commentary" collects seventeen differing assessments of The Good Soldier. Richard Aldington, Samuel Hynes, John A. Meixner, Frank Kermode, Carol Jacobs, Thomas C. Moser, Ann Barr Snitow, Vincent J. Cheng, and Paul B. Armstrong are among the contributors.
A Selected Bibliography is also included.
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Ford Madox Ford wrote over 70 books, including several volumes of poetry and novels such as The Good Soldier. Martin Stannard is a professor of modern English literature at the University of Leicester, where he has taught since 1979. He was previously Leverhulme Research Fellow in English Literature at the University of Edinburgh. He is the author of Muriel Spark: The Biography, Evelyn Waugh, The Early Years: 1903-1939 and Evelyn Waugh, The Later Years: 1939-1966, and editor of Evelyn Waugh, The Critical Heritage. His many articles and reviews have appeared in Modern Language Review, Essays in Criticism, the New York Times Book Review, the Times Higher Education Supplement, and Novel, among other publications.
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