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The author of the book: Ford Madox Ford
Edition: The Folio Society
Date of issue: 2014
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Chronicling the wartime experiences of Christopher Tietjens, a brilliant government statistician and wealthy landowner, Parade’s End is a portrait of British society during the First World War. Described by Ford as the ‘last English Tory’, Tietjens is torn between his scheming and promiscuous socialite wife Sylvia and the progressive Valentine Wannop, a pacifist and suffragette — relationships framed by his reliance on a crumbling moral code. Ford presents a gritty and uncompromising portrait of Tietjens’s life in the trenches of Belgium and France, and his subsequent return home, suffering from crippling shell shock. Through a narrative brimming with modernist experimentation, we follow his struggle to reconcile his relationships while navigating the shifting sands of an evolving social order.
This two-volume edition unites Parade’s End with the work of award-winning illustrator James Albon. His reduction lino print illustrations were created through a process he describes as ‘so much more physical than drawing, making wildly different marks, and because nothing that has been cut out can be stuck back on, there is virtually no opportunity to correct any mistakes’. For each image, he created dozens of developmental sketches before carving a lino block, rolling it in a layer of ink and feeding it through a printing press. The results are bold and distinctive, with a wonderful sense of character, from the ‘lumpish’ Tietjens to the elegantly wicked Sylvia. They also capture brilliantly the orderliness of their pre-war world, and the volatility of the trenches.
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Read information about the authorFord Madox Ford, born Ford Hermann Hueffer, was an English novelist, poet, critic and editor whose journals, The English Review and The Transatlantic Review, were instrumental in the development of early 20th-century English literature.
Ford Madox Ford was the author of over 60 works: novels, poems, criticism, travel essays, and reminiscences. His work includes The Good Soldier, Parade's End, The Rash Act, and Ladies Whose Bright Eyes. He collaborated with Joseph Conrad on The Inheritors, Romance, and other works. Ford lived in both France and the United States and died in 1939.
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