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The March of Literature

The March of Literature

(1938)
From Confucius' Day to Our Own
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This 900-page survey of world literature, "From Confucius' Day to Our Own" (as the subtitle reads), was the last book written by Ford Madox Ford, one of the seminal figures of the modernist period. Written for general readers rather than scholars and first published in 1938, The March of Literature is a working novelist's view of what is valuable in literature, and why. Convinced that scholars and teachers give a false sense of literature, Ford brings alive the pleasures of reading by writing about books he is passionate about. Beginning at the beginning - with ancient Egyptian and Chinese literature and the Bible - Ford works his way through classical literature, the writings of the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, continuing up to the major writers of his own day like Ezra Pound, Henry James, and Joseph Conrad. With his encyclopedic reading and expertise in the techniques of writing, Ford is a reliable and entertaining guide. Ford also includes a chapter on publishers and booksellers, noting the key roles they play in literature's existence.

 
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Hardback Editions

December 1939 : UK Hardback
Title: The March of Literature: from Confucius to Modern Times
Author(s): Ford Madox Ford
ISBN: 0-04-809001-8 / 978-0-04-809001-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
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Paperback Editions

July 1994 : USA Paperback
Title: The March of Literature: March of Literature: From Confucius' Day to Our Own (British Literature)
Author(s): Ford Madox Ford
ISBN: 1-56478-051-1 / 978-1-56478-051-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
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