and The Transatlantic Review
, were instrumental in the development of early 20th-century English literature. He is now best remembered for The Good Soldier
(1915), the Parade's End
(1924–28) and The Fifth Queen
(1906–08). The Good Soldier
is frequently included among the great literature of the past century, including the Modern Library 100 Best Novels, The Observer's '100 Greatest Novels of All Time', and The Guardian's '1000 novels everyone must read'.
He was born as Ford Hermann Hueffer on 17 December 1873 to Catherine and Francis Hueffer
, the eldest of three; his brother was Oliver Madox Hueffer
What the artist wishes to do — as far as you are concerned — is to take you out of yourself. As far as he is concerned, he wishes to express himself.
Only two classes of books are of universal appeal: the very best and the very worst.
No more Hope, no more Glory, no more parades for you and me any more. Nor for the country... nor for the world, I dare say... None... Gone.
This is the saddest story I have ever heard.
You may well ask why I write. And yet my reasons are quite many. For it is not unusual in human beings who have witnessed the sack of a city or the falling to pieces of a people to set down what they have witnessed for the benefit of unknown heirs or of generations infinitely remote; or, if you please, just to get the sight out of their heads.
Our intimacy was like a minuet, simply because on every possible occasion and in every possible circumstance we knew where to go, where to sit, which table we unanimously should choose; and we could rise and go, all four together, without a signal from any one of us, always to the music of the Kur orchestra, always in the temperate sunshine, or, if it rained, in discreet shelters.
I couldn't regard myself as personally repulsive. No man can, or, if he ever comes to do so, that is the end of him.