Ford Madox Ford Papers 1914-1939.
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Scope and Contents Note

This collection includes accessions 7870, 8420, 9290, 9590, 9760, 12790, 13150, 15670, and 16490. These accessions have been interfiled.

The most significant portion of Washington University's Ford Madox Ford Papers is the carbon typescript of A Little Less Than Gods (1928), Ford's novel of romance and adventure set in the Napoleonic Wars. This manuscript contains numerous revisions and corrections by him. The collection also contains several letters from Ford, primarily to Alfred H. Mendes, whose book Ford was helping to get published, as well as an autograph draft of the poem The Old Faith by Ford and several drafts and galleys of work from The Transatlantic Review with corrections by Ford. Also included are a large group of photocopies of scarce columns written by Ford for The Outlook between 1913-1915.


Consists of correspondence by Violet Hunt and by Ford Madox Ford, arranged by author then chronologically.


South Lodge, Campden Hill Road, London. She asks him if he would care to handle the sale of some black and white drawings and sketches by Ford Madox Brown and two drawings by Rossetti. Signed "Violet Hunt Hueffer."


South Lodge, Campden Hill, Kensington. She expresses disappointment at prices fetched by the drawings and sketches. She feels that her father's works [Alfred Hunt] have been particularly undervalued. She asks him to see if he can get the figure raised.


32 Rue de Vaugirad, Paris. Thanks him for his comments on his Tietjens novels and complains about the critical reception of his work in England and about the general financial problems of the artist in British society.


30 West 9th Street, New York City. Asks her to contact him, explains that he is moving, suggests they meet.


Ten Fifth Avenue, [New York]. Asks her to arrange a meeting before he leaves for the south in one month.


Allen Tate, Clarksville, Tenn. to Purvis, Washington, D.C. Apologizes for delay in sending the Nightingale .


Ten Fifth Avenue, [New York]. Notes he plan to publish only first books by new authors but invites him to submit his book for possible referral to another publisher.


Ten Fifth Avenue, [New York]. He has read Mendes' Black Fauns with great interest and would like to discuss it further.


Ten Fifth Avenue, [New York]. Ford has not yet written a preface to [Black Fauns] because he has yet to find a publisher for the book. Asks him to visit as his rheumatism prevents him from going out.


Ten Fifth Avenue, [New York]. Reviews the publishing prospects for Black Fauns and suggests Mendes apply for a Houghton-Mifflin scholarship.


Ten Fifth Avenue, [New York]. Ford continues to try to place Black Fauns. Asks for another copy to send round to publishers.


Ten Fifth Avenue, [New York]. Ford has still not found a publisher for Black Fauns. Suggests that Mendes approach the Frederick Stokes Co. about the possibility of doing a topographical work for them, in line with his WPA work.


Ten Fifth Avenue, [New York]. Agrees to write a preface to [Black Fauns]. (Portion of blank page cut from sheet).


Ten Fifth Avenue, [New York]. Scolds him for not telling him that [Black Fauns] is not yet placed, as his proposed Preface is difficult and time-consuming when publication is not assured. Instructs him to how to approach other publishers. Encloses a TL, 1p., May 15, 1939 letter of admiration for the book that Mendes may show to publishers.


Includes list of works shown, and note on Biala by Pierre Lamure. Printed sheet folded, with autograph note by Ford of invitation ot he gallery across the sheet. Signed.


Ts [duplicated], 2p. Announcing formation of The Society of the Friends of William Carlos Williams, and stating the next meeting would be in honour of Edward Dahlberg. Includes list of selected members of the society.


Ts[x], 24 pages.


Photocopies of newsclippings from Daily Mail , The Tribune , The Outlook , and others.


Autograph draft, with corrections and revisions. By Ford Madox Hueffer in unidentified hand at close of poem. Single sheet folded, 2p.


Consists of work by Luke Ionides. [Accession 9760.]


no. 1. Whistler in the Quartier Latin. Appeared in Transatlantic Review , Vol.1, no. 1, January 1924.

Typescript, 22 p., numbered 29-33d, 34-45, with slight annotations by Ford. A portion of p. 43 and p. 44-45 were not printed. First unnumbered page includes Ionides' prefactory statement, and instructions to the printer by Ford, with his initials.


Galley proof, corrected, with printer's marks. Incomplete; breaks off at p. 48 as it appeared in the Transatlantice Review . Galleys dated 12 November 1923. Includes typed note on galley 2 [by Ford] about retunring the proofs.


no. 2. William Morris and Richard Wagner. Appeared in Transatlantice Review , Vol. 1, no. 2, February 1924.

Typescript, 6 p., numbered p. 76-81, with slight annotations by Ford.


Consists of photocopies of Ford's column, July 5, 1913 - June 26, 1915 in The Outlook. [Accession 12790.]

Includes Literary Portraits, 1-71 and other special titles. ca. 260 pages.

Of particular interest are the items dated October 11, 1913 pertaining to Arnold Bennett and Ford's business methods, and the Dostoievsky piece, June 20, 1914 for its influence on Ford's work.


Consists of A Little Less Than Gods. [Accession 13150.]


A romance novel. Bound in two volumes. Typescript, typescript carbon text, with corrections and revisions by Ford, ca. 312 pages. Various paper, type, and carbon used throughout.

Volume I includes typescript carbon, corrected letter, used as Dedication, Part I. Chapters 1-5. Final page of manuscript, numbered p. 302 is mistakenly bound in Volume I and is wrongly inserted. Inscription date at the end of p. 302 varies from published version. In Ford's hand, reads: New York - 9th Jan. - Paris 4th Feb. - New York May 21st - July 11th 1928 .

Volume II includes Part I, Chapter 6 - Part III L'Envoi, p. 117, 23 of manuscript wrongly executed, being backward carbons only.

Text shows original title to have been Demi-Gods , and Less Than the Gods .