Joseph Conrad pp 174-182 | Cite as

Conrad and The Good Soldier

  • Thomas Moser


Despite his reputation for telling tall tales, Ford Madox Ford’s contributions to the achievement of Joseph Conrad now prove to be pretty much what he said they were.1 Not only did he provide the stories for all three collaborations, he elicited Conrad’s two memoirs, supplied material for ‘Amy Foster’ and The Secret Agent, backed up Conrad while he was writing Nostromo, and even wrote a few pages himself for the last. Especially, as Conrad’s ‘large, blond, phlegmatic’ friend, Ford gave Conrad the ‘moral support’ he ‘passionately needed’. As for exerting direct literary influence, Ford says modestly: ‘I don’t really imagine that I really influenced Conrad at all.’


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  1. 3.
    Graham Greene, ed., The Bodley Head Ford Madox Ford, Vol. I (London: The Bodley Head, 1962 ), p. 12.Google Scholar
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    Joseph Conrad, Youth and Two Other Stories (London: Blackwood, 1902), p. 60.Google Scholar
  3. 15.
    Ford Madox Ford, The Critical Attitude (London: Duckworth, 1911), P. 34.Google Scholar
  4. 16.
    Ford Madox Ford, The Soul of London (London: Alston Rivers, 1905), p. 58.Google Scholar

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