In 'The Soul Of London', initially published in 1905, we first find many of the tendencies now grouped together under the umbrella of Modernism. In it we can clearly detect how literary concerns and priorities were changing in the new century.
Ford's evocation of the growth of London, of the bewildering variety of the city scene by day and night, of the glamour and frivolity of its "high" life and the hardship of its working people is a work of imaginative literature, not a guide book. Other writers had explored the "facts" of London, but for Ford impressions take the place of information and argument. Part history, part personal reminiscence, and part prose poem which renders "the moods of many individuals" in relation to the urban landscape, 'The Soul of London' reads at times like fiction where the scene is set for characters who never appear. But it is also a journey of discovery into the nature of modern city life and our ways of coming to terms with it.
The most comprehensive paperback edition available, with introduction, notes, bibliography and chronology of Ford's life and times.
- Publication Date:
- 01 / 01 / 1998
- 130 x 197 x 11mm