The Tietjens Tetralogy by Ford Madox Ford 1st / 1st 1924 - 1928
Some Do Not....; No More Parades; A Man Could Stand Up; Last Post [The Tietjens Tetralogy]
London: Duckworth (1924-1928). All four titles are the UK first editions / issues being published by Duckworth. The first title doesn’t have its dust wrapper, the other three do. The scarce ‘Some Do Not...’ (1924) is in near very good condition. There is some wear to the spine and a small tear to the top end. There is also some fading to the spine. The pages are very clean and there is very little foxing to speak of. There are no previous owner’s names. ‘No More Parades’ (1925) is in near fine condition. The wrapper is very complete with no tears or chips. There is minor wear to the top of the spine end. The jacket hasn’t been clipped. The book is in very presentable condition with no previous owner’s marks and only very faint and occasional foxing. ‘A Man Could Stand Up’ (1926) is in very good condition. The jacket is mostly complete with a chip to the bottom left of the front panel and some minor wear to the edges and spine ends. There is a tear to the top edge of the back panel. The book is very clean and presentable. ‘Last Post’ (1928), a hard title to find with its wrapper, is in near fine condition. The jacket is very nice with no chips or tears. It hasn’t been clipped either. The spine is a shade sunned. The book is in lovely condition with very little handling wear at all. Overall an excellent set with the scarce 1st volume and the remaining 3 in their rare jackets.
Parade’s End (1924-1928) is a tetralogy of novels dep that chronicle the life of a member of the English gentry before, during and after World War I. The setting is mainly England and the Western Front of the First World War, in which Ford had served as an officer in the Welch Regiment, a life he vividly depicts.
The novels chronicle the life of Christopher Tietjens, “the last Tory”, a brilliant government statistician from a wealthy landowning family who serves in the British Army during the First World War. His wife Sylvia is a flippant socialite who seems intent on ruining him through her sexual promiscuity. Tietjens may or may not be the father of his wife’s child. Meanwhile, his affair with Valentine Wannop, a high-spirited pacifist and women’s suffragist, has not been consummated, despite what all their friends believe.
The two central novels follow Tietjens in the army in France and Belgium, as well as Sylvia and Valentine in their separate paths over the course of the war.
In 2002, the novels were adapted by the BBC with the series written by Tom Stoppard and starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Christopher Tietjens.