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Inventory of the Ford Madox Ford Correspondence, 1901-1933, bulk 1901-1910
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Subject Matter
  • Persons represented by three or more pieces
  • Interesting or Important Items

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Ford Madox Ford Correspondence,
    Date (inclusive): 1901-1933,
    Date (bulk): bulk 1901-1910
    Creator: Ford, Ford Madox
    Extent: 316 pieces
    Repository: The Huntington Library
    San Marino, California 91108
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Provenance

    Purchased from Dawson's Book Shop, 1950.

    Access

    Collection is open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information please go to following URL .

    Publication Rights

    In order to quote from, publish, or reproduce any of the manuscripts or visual materials, researchers must obtain formal permission from the office of the Library Director. In most instances, permission is given by the Huntington as owner of the physical property rights only, and researchers must also obtain permission from the holder of the literary rights. In some instances, the Huntington owns the literary rights, as well as the physical property rights. Researchers may contact the appropriate curator for further information.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Ford Madox Ford Correspondence, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Biography

    Letters of Ford Madox [Hueffer, aftw.] Ford (1873-1939), English author, to the literary agent who handled his novels, James B. Pinker. Some of the letters are in Ford's handwriting, but many are written or typewritten by a secretary and signed by Ford. Most of the letters for 1901-1915 are undated. In the early part of the correspondence there are a few references to Conrad. In general the correspondence relates almost entirely to Ford's writings, their publication and sale, and his frequent requests for advances. There is very little regarding his personal life.
    A few quotations from the letters (and some from items not now in the collection) were published by Paul Alexander Bartlett in the Saturday Review of Literature, August 2, 1941, pp. 3, 4, 14.

    Subject Matter

    I. Ford's writings, especially his novels

    • A. Progress reports on writing
    • B. Sale negotiations and terms of contracts
    • C. Frequent pleas for advances
    • D. Sending of mss., correcting proofs, etc.

    Persons represented by three or more pieces

    • FORD, F. M. To James B. Pinker (& Sons) (303)
    • LATHAM, H. S. (4)

    Interesting or Important Items

    BOODLE, Walter T. To Pinker.

    • 1911, July 3. Advises Pinker against guaranteeing weekly payments to Mrs. Hueffer. ... the probability that Mr. Hueffer may fail to make some of the payments does not appear to be remote for he already owes ¥108 in respect of the weekly payments that the Court directed him to make.

    FORD, Ford Madox.

    • 1902, May 21 & Sep. 28. Re: price of Romance.
    • 1905, Nov. 15. Ford has been invited to Russia by a prominent Liberal big shot; proposes to do a series of articles.
    • [1906, c.Aug.] Newport, Rhode Island. May ruin and desolation wait upon the day when you inspired me to come to this land: It is hot, dusty, dull, and uninspiring and the expenses are appalling:... In revenge you will have to finance me, for I have exhausted every cent of ready money that I have.
    • [c.1906] I really must bleed you some more--because I must somehow raise ¥100 by next weekend.... Do do as much as you can & as quickly--because when I worry I can't work & when I can't work I can't make pennies.
    • [c.1907] I repeat that I feel a good deal of gratitude to you for having quite certainly `made' me and it makes me feel really mean to worry you--but I really am so hard pushed that I must.
    • [1908] I will pay forty guineas for the James story on publication [in The English Review]
    • [c.1908] I'm really so desperately pushed for money that I really can't afford proper meals....
    • [c.1909] ... the English Review so eats up my reserves that I have nothing to pay my household bills with.
    • 1911, Apr. 23. I suppose you are away upon your coufounded holidays over which may seven devils cast fortynine blights.
    • 1912, June 3. I wrote the novel [ The Panel] in about a month and induced a very severe nervous breakdown from which I am still suffering.... I am now tied to these people [Constable's] and cannot write novels for any other publisher till they choose to publish me-- and they simply sit on my mss. which may be ingenious and pleasant for them but is quite the reverse for me.
    • 1913, May 6. I have no objection to Mr. Bobbs Merrill doing anything he likes with `The Panel.' He may changed the title, rewrite the dedication, alter the end into a Tragedy in which all the people stab each other or do anything else that pleases him.
    • 1913, Aug. 1. I suppose you will be going off for your holidays soon & I hope you will have as good a time as you deserve or better for the matter of that.
    • 1914, Feb. 13. I don't want to deal with Stanley Paul.... I have worked damned hard for many years to establish my name as a good-will & that's all there is to it--conceit or no conciet. I don't need money &, unless I can get a good price I won't sell my immortal soul to any of your blooming devils. I want also stability....
    • 1919, June 28. I don't doubt the correctitude of yr. account & amount, but it inspires curiosity in my uncommercial breast.
    • 1921, Jan. 27. By the bye: would you care to `handle' my poems and smaller critical articles? I find on examining my accounts that I have this year made ¥316 by these--mostly from U.S.A....
    • 1921, June 3. Re: a proposed history of English literature; ...an account of English literature by a man of the world for men of the world--not a handbook with condensed annotations by a half dead don.
    • 1921, June 8. Offers hay, pigs, ducks for sale from his farm.
    • 1921, Aug. 14. I always do think of my books for very long periods before setting pen to paper, when I write them, usually, very rapidly.
    • 1928, March 19. To Eric Pinker. I write at this length because I was always having obscure rows with your father which distressed me, but which I could never understand, about points like this. There is an etiquette in these things as between author, agent and publisher that I could never understand either.
    • 1929, Nov. 24. This [a collected edition] will be coming in America before long.... I don't for a moment imagine any English publisher would think of re-printing me.
    • 1929, Dec. 2. By the bye, Hugh Welpole has a long screed about my genius and the neglect from which I suffer in England --in the New York Herald--and he is always writing about me in the U.S.A. and lecturing in similar terms.