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Ford, Mark 1962 June 24-

Works: 58 works in 258 publications in 3 languages and 10,056 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Poetry  Bildungsromans  Psychological fiction  Picaresque fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Interviews  Biography  Biographies  Juvenile works 
Roles: Author, Editor, Translator, Other, Author of introduction, Conductor
Classifications: PR4565, 823.8
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Most widely held works by Mark Ford
Collected poems, 1956-1987 by John Ashbery( Book )

12 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 1,020 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With this volume The Library of America inaugurates a collected edition of the works of America's preeminent living poet. Long associated with the New York School that came to the fore in the 1950s, John Ashbery has charted a profoundly original course that has opened up pathways for subsequent generations of poets. At once hermetic and exuberantly curious, meditative and unnervingly funny, dreamlike and steeped in everyday realities, alive to every nuance of American speech, these are poems that constantly discover new worlds within language and its unexpected permutations. As the poet David Shapiro has written, "The poems of Ashbery may seem so open that they become, like Hamlet, that rare inexhaustible thing, the irreducible fact of great art." This first volume of the collected Ashbery includes the texts of his first twelve books: Some Trees (1956), selected by W.H. Auden for the Yale Younger Poets; The Tennis Court Oath (1962); Rivers and Mountains (1966); The Double Dream of Spring (1970); Three Poems (1972), saluted by John Hollander as "a meditational masterpiece"; The Vermont Notebook (1975), presented with the original art by Joe Brainard; Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror (which won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1976); Houseboat Days (1977); As We Know (1979); Shadow Train (1981); A Wave (1984); and April Galleons (1987). In addition it presents an unprecedented gathering of more than 60 previously uncollected poems written over a period of four decades. To read Ashbery's work in sequence is to marvel at his refusal to rest on what has already been accomplished, his insistence on constantly renewed modes of expression. It is to become aware as well of the way his poetry chronicles life as really lived--"the way things have of enfolding / When your attention is distracted for a moment"--Amid the surfaces of the quotidian (waking, dreamt, imagined, remembered) and the equally pervasive, equally elusive and deceptive surfaces of language. Through all his metamorphoses he has continued to work with incomparable freedom and humor: Ashbery (in the words of James Longenbach) "is constitutionally incapable of narrowing the possibilities for poetry."--Jacket
Selected poems by Frank O'Hara( Book )

20 editions published between 2008 and 2014 in English and held by 729 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This generous new selection by Mark Ford reflects all the phases and varied achievements of O'Hara's tragically foreshortened career, including his drama, and is followed by an appendix of key prose texts such as "Personism," in which O'Hara succinctly summed up his overall approach to poetry: "You just go on your nerve."--Jacket flap
Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens( Book )

16 editions published between 1978 and 2012 in English and held by 663 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"When Nicholas Nickleby is left penniless after his father's death, he appeals to his wealthy uncle to help him find work and to protect his mother and sister"--Page 4 of cover
Collected poems 1991-2000 by John Ashbery( Book )

5 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and held by 397 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

London : a history in verse( Book )

6 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 380 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

London has long been understood through the poetry it has inspired. Now poet Mark Ford has assembled the most capacious and wide-ranging antholgy of poems about London to date, from Chaucer to Wordworth to the present day, providing a chronological tour of urban life and of English literature
Raymond Roussel and the republic of dreams by Mark Ford( Book )

14 editions published between 2000 and 2004 in English and Spanish and held by 370 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This is the first-length account of Roussel's life and oeuvre in English. Mark Ford, himself a poet, traces the evolution of Roussel's bizarre compositional methods, and describes the idiosyncrasies of a life structured as obsessively as his work. The story he tells is at once enchanting, heart-breaking and scarcely credible. Could even Proust or Nabokov, one feels at its conclusion, have invented a character as peculiar and unforgettable as the exquisite dandy and compulsive writer this book brings to life?"--Jacket
Something we have that they don't : British & American poetic relations since 1925 by Mark Ford( Book )

10 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 369 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Poets discussed in these essays include John Ashbery, W.H. Auden, Elizabeth Bishop, T.S. Eliot, Mark Ford, Robert Graves, Thom Gunn, Lee Harwood, Geoffrey Hill, Michael Hofman, Susan Howe, Robert Lowell, and W.B. Yeats." "These essays consider the ways in which even seemingly very "unprimative" poetries can be seen as reflecting and engaging with issues of national sovereignty and self-interest, and in the process they pose a series of fascinating questions about the national narratives that currently dominate definitions of the British and American poetic traditions."--Jacket
Thomas Hardy : half a Londoner by Mark Ford( Book )

8 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 292 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Because Thomas Hardy is so closely associated with the rural Wessex of his novels, stories, and poems, it is easy to forget that he was, in his own words, half a Londoner. Focusing on the formative five years in his early twenties when Hardy lived in the city, but also on his subsequent movement back and forth between Dorset and the capital, Mark Ford shows that the Dorset-London axis is critical to an understanding of his identity as a man and his achievement as a writer. Thomas Hardy: Half a Londoner presents a detailed account of Hardy's London experiences, from his arrival as a shy, impressionable youth, to his embrace of radical views, to his lionization by upper-class hostesses eager to fête the creator of Tess. Drawing on Hardy's poems, letters, fiction, and autobiography, it offers a subtle, moving exploration of the author's complex relationship with the metropolis and those he met or observed there: publishers, fellow authors, street-walkers, benighted lovers, and the aristocratic women who adored his writing but spurned his romantic advances. The young Hardy's oscillations between the routines and concerns of Dorset's Higher Bockhampton and the excitements and dangers of London were crucial to his profound sense of being torn between mutually dependent but often mutually uncomprehending worlds. This fundamental self-division, Ford argues, can be traced not only in the poetry and fiction explicitly set in London but in novels as regionally circumscribed as Far from the Madding Crowd and Tess of the d'Urbervilles
Soft sift by Mark Ford( Book )

15 editions published between 2001 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 267 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

No name by Wilkie Collins( Book )

13 editions published between 1994 and 2016 in English and held by 244 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Magdalen and her sister Norah, beloved daughters of Mr and Mrs Vanstone, find themselves the victims of a catastrophic oversight. Their father has neglected to change his will, and when the girls are suddenly orphaned, their inheritance goes to their uncle. Now penniless, the conventional Norah takes up a position as a governess, but the defiant and tempestuous Magdalen cannot accept the loss of what is rightfully hers and decides to do whatever she can to win it back. With the help of cunning Captain Wragge, she concocts a scheme that involves disguise, deceit and astonishing self-transformation. In this compelling, labyrinthine story Wilkie Collins brilliantly demonstrates the gap between justice and the law, and in the subversive Magdalen he portrays one of the most exhilarating heroines of Victorian fiction."--Provided by publisher
New impressions of Africa = Nouvelles impressions d'Afrique by Raymond Roussel( Book )

7 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 217 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

John Ashbery in conversation with Mark Ford by John Ashbery( Book )

10 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 184 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The New York poets : Frank O'Hara, John Ashbery, Kenneth Koch, James Schuyler : an anthology( Book )

11 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 177 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Collected poems by John Ashbery( Book )

in English and held by 175 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A definitive volume of works by the preeminent American poet includes "Some Trees," as well as the complete texts of such collections as "Rivers and Mountains," "Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror," and "Houseboat Days."
Seven American poets in conversation : John Ashbery, Donald Hall, Anthony Hecht, Donald Justice, Charles Simic, W.D. Snodgrass, Richard Wilbur( Book )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 116 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The New York poets II : an anthology( Book )

5 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 102 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This dialogue of one : essays on poets from John Donne to Joan Murray by Mark Ford( Book )

5 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 88 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Literary Nonfiction. Essays. Poetry. THIS DIALOGUE OF ONE collects thirteen essays on English, French and American poets by one of the era's most engaging and highly esteemed poet-critics. Like Randall Jarrell, whose achievement is assessed here, Ford combines a refreshing openness to innovation with an authoritative awareness of what makes a poem stand the test of time. Witty, astute and wide-ranging, Ford demonstrates his formidable gifts as a close reader of poetry, whether exploring canonical works by the likes of Whitman, Dickinson, Baudelaire and T.S. Eliot, or championing the cause of neglected figures such as James Thomson, Samuel Greenberg and Joan Murray. As John Lanchester once observed of Ford's essays, "If more literary criticism were like this, more people would read it." --Provided by publisher
Six children by Mark Ford( Book )

5 editions published in 2011 in English and Swedish and held by 87 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mr and Mrs Stevens and other essays by Mark Ford( Book )

11 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 73 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A monkey at the window : selected poems by al-Ṣādiq Riḍá( Book )

5 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 44 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Alternative Names
Mark Ford British writer

Mark Ford écrivain britannique

Mark Ford escritor británico

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Spanish (1)

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Selected poemsNicholas NicklebyRaymond Roussel and the republic of dreamsSomething we have that they don't : British & American poetic relations since 1925Soft siftNo nameNew impressions of Africa = Nouvelles impressions d'AfriqueJohn Ashbery in conversation with Mark Ford