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Ford Madox Ford Collection

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Finding aid created by: KM
Date: Dec 1996

Biographical History

Ford Madox Ford (1873-1939) was an English novelist, poet, critic and editor. Born into a literary and artistic family, he was christened Ford Hermann Hueffer; he also went by the names H. Ford Hueffer and Ford Madox Hueffer early in his career. His literary periodicals The English Review and The Transatlantic Review were influential in the development of early 20th-century English literature, and Ford himself wrote more than eighty books

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Ford Madox Ford Collection contains one item of correspondence and one manuscript.

The Correspondence consists of one letter, addressed to an unidentified correspondent and signed Ford Madox Hueffer., which relates a story about Dante Gabriel Rossetti's response to receiving a presentation copy of Robert Browning's Fifine at the Fair. Referring to the episode, which took place in the presence of Ford's maternal grandfather, pre-Raphaelite painter Ford Madox Brown, Ford writes:

Reading the inscription he [Rossetti] exclaimed, "This is very handsome of Browning. Very handsome!" & began to walk up and down in the studio reading the poem. But after a time he grew angry & exclaimed: "Why...this is an attack on me!" [Ford] Madox Brown tried in vain to assure him that could not be the case...Rossetti finally proved intractable & threw the volume into the fire. Madox Brown rescued it at once & it remained in his possession until his death.

The Manuscript is a nine-page typescript submitted for publication in Controversy. Entitled "Free Trade," it has pencil corrections and the initials "F.M.F." beneath the typed title.

Arrangement of the Collection

No order.


Access Restrictions:

The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.

Use Restrictions:

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

Related Material

The presentation copy of Fifine at the Fair referred to in the letter, inscribed "To Dante Gabriel Rossetti from his old admirer and appreciative friend. RB June 4 '72", resides in the library's Rare Book collection, call number PR4222. F4.

Subject Headings


Browning, Robert, 1812-1889.
Ford, Ford Madox, 1873-1939.
Rossetti, Dante Gabriel, 1828-1882.


English novelists -- Correspondence.

Genres and Forms

Manuscripts for publication.



Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Ford Madox Ford Collection,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Letter, gift of Mrs. Adrian Van Sinderen, from his personal library.

Manuscript, gift of Martin Kamin, 1952.

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