Ford Madox Ford New York Essays
All four involved in the Ford-Rhys affair, which broke their marriages, wrote books about it.After sepataring from Stella, Ford settled into a spacious studio on rue Notre-Dame-des-Champs. When he left Paris for six months in 1929, he turned over this apartment to Caroline Gordon, his former secretary, and her poet-husband, Allen Tate.
It was based on the life of Catherine Howard, the fifth wife of Henry VIII.
While in Paris, Ford founded The Transatlantic Review, proving once again his sharp instinct in discovering and promoting important new writers.
Hemingway was his deputy editor; he portrayed Ford as the party-giving Henry Braddocks in (1926).
At the age of forty-two, Ford published The Good Soldier, which is generally considered his his masterpiece.
Written in the style of continental writers such as Zola and de Maupassant, this work prompted the poet John Rodker to remark that it was "the finest French novel in the English language." The story about adultery and deceit revolves around two couples, Edward and Leonora Ashburnham, and their two American friends, John and Florence Dowell, who meet at the German spa town of Nauheim, in 1904. Eliot considered the only good poem he'd met with on the subject of war.