Ford Madox Ford: The Simple Life Limited

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The Simple Life Limited (1911) is one of two satirical novels written by Ford under the pseudonym “Daniel Chaucer”. The other is The New Humpty Dumpty (1912). Both these texts offer penetrating insights into the nature of social engineering and the dangers of utopian thinking, and both reflect Ford's troubled mindset in the years following his departure as editor from The English Review. In particular, The Simple Life Limited explores the politics behind the ideal of the Simple Life that had grown out of a complex amalgam of the thought and writings of Thomas Carlyle, Ralph Waldo Emerson, John Ruskin, Henry David Thoreau, William Morris, and Walt Whitman. Given credence by the nineteenth-century …

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Citation:
Waddell, Nathan. "The Simple Life Limited". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 16 November 2009
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