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Published in 1938 near the end of Ford's life, this work ranges over literature from Confucius's day to his own. Ford's goal was to explain the value of the world's literature to lay readers, rather than to his fellow scholars. This first paperback edition includes an introduction by novelist Alexander Theroux.
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"In substance it is so accurate and in style so exhilarating that one realizes that here is Mr. Ford's own book of literature, his own and easy command of it, and, while it commemorates his generation's memory, it ought to provide a new evocation for thousands of readers who are still alert and bound to read for themselves." -- New York Times 10-9-38
"[The March of Literature] is stippled with sharp, knowing observations and phrases, worth remembering. . . . One of its particular strengths lies in the emphasis on earlier writing . . . and it should help inspire modern readers to go exploring in the literature of the past." -- The Washington Post Book World 8-7-94
"[The March of Literature] reveals as much about Ford himself as the writers he portrays. Though it's a scholarly work that often soars with eloquence, the style is earnest and conversational. Ford had strong, quirky opinions and biases. . . . A tour of the mind that students would line up for." -- Chicago Tribune Books 4-17-94