The symmetrically named Ford Madox Ford was actually born Ford Madox Hueffer on December 17, 1873. He changed his name in 1919, presumably because he thought it sounded too Germanic in the aftermath of World War I. Although Ford wrote some of the greatest wartime fiction of the twentieth century, perhaps his greatest contribution to the literary world was through his work as an editor and publisher. As head of The English Review and The Transatlantic Review, Ford published works by Thomas Hardy, H.G. Wells, Joseph Conrad, Henry James, William Butler Yeats, James Joyce, Ernest Hemingway, Ezra Pound, and many other literary greats. (Fun fact: Ford was Hemingway’s model for the character Braddocks in The Sun Also Rises.) Though not as widely read as many of the writers he influenced, Ford’s lasting impact on modern literature through his editorial work, criticism, novels, and poetry is undeniable.