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Boris was educated at Gresham's School.
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Downing College, Cambridge, where Boris received his education.
(This volume covers the period of Shakespeare's own lifeti...)
This volume covers the period of Shakespeare's own lifetime. It contains a long general survey of the English literary renaissance, and also an account of the social context of literature in the period. Then there are a number of essays about authors of the time.
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A discussion of the development of English literature from 1660 to 1780 includes examinations of authors, such as Alexander Pope, Daniel Defoe, and Henry Fielding.
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All the 360 poems Britten set are included in this book. They range from Donne's complex "Holy Sonnets" to the deceptive simplicity of Blake's "Oh rose thou art sick." They include anonymous ballads, modern work and poems in other languages (with translations). Full details of the source and use of each poem are given.
Boris Ford was a chorister at King's College, Cambridge. Afterwards, he studied at Gresham's School, and at Downing College, Cambridge. While still an undergraduate, Ford's essay on Wuthering Heights was published by Leavis in Scrutiny in March 1939.
During World War II, in 1940, Ford joined the army as the officer commanding the Middle East School of Artistic Studies. In 1945 he became chief editor and director of the Army Bureau of Current Affairs (ABCA).
In 1951 Ford became information officer of UNESCO's technical assistance board. Two years later he was invited by W. E. Williams, who had been a colleague at ABCA, to edit a multi-authored seven-volume Pelican Guide to English Literature.
In 1957 Ford became Associated Rediffusion's first head of schools broadcasting, being dismissed in 1958. During the same period Ford was Education Secretary to the Cambridge University Press.
In 1960 Ford launched his career of educator and became Professor of Education and Director of the Institute of Education at the University of Sheffield. In 1963 he was appointed Professor of Education at Sussex University. While at Sussex, Ford was Dean at the School of Cultural and Community Studies. After leaving Sussex in 1973, Ford became Professor of Education at Bristol until 1982.
Among Ford’s most notable publishing projects were the Pelican Guide to English Literature (in seven volumes, 1954-61) and yet more ambitious Cambridge Guide to the Arts in Britain (in nine volumes, 1988-91).
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As the chief editor and director of the Army Bureau of Current Affairs (ABCA), who attracted the attention of MI5 for the much critical seminars of Britain addressed to officers and men, Ford believed that the Labour Party came to power in 1945 as a result of ABCA's democratizing influence.
It was typical of Ford's innovating approach to education that he was among the first to realise the potentialities of the media. Ford was fascinated by the interaction of culture and society, and stimulated some of his best writing and teaching, and some of his most notable publishing projects.
It was Ford's ability to combine very many of those talents, interests and activities within the confines of his own and, it must be said, unique personality that marked him out as an exceptional and highly influential figure. He was a kind of walking, talking and teaching intellectual collective in his own right.
Ford was passionately committed to music. During his tenure at Sussex University music was established as a subject. After his retirement his interest in music was widened to include instrument-making; he and his second wife, Inge, together built a harpsichord. Likewise his long-standing interest in Britten had a later flowering in his last publication, an anthology entitled Benjamin Britten's Poets (1994). Previously, Ford had launched an idea that eventually would lead Britten to create in 1957 one of his most famous works for children, Noye's Fludde.
Boris was married twice. With his first wife, Noreen, a woman of vivid charm and exceptional spirit, he had two daughters and a son and was the stepfather to Noreen's daughter by her first marriage. He was the stepfather of a daughter of his second wife, Inge, as well.