Books: With Love and Squalor

THE SADDEST STORY by Arthur Mizener. 616 pages. World. $20.

"God damn and blast my soul!" the Pre-Raphaelite painter Ford Madox Brown used to warn his grandson. "I will turn you straight out of my house if you go in for any kind of commercial life." But he added: "Beggar yourself rather than refuse assistance to anyone whose genius you think shows promise of being greater than your own." Ford Madox Hueffer, the old artist's grandson, was born into the Rossetti circle. After World War I he changed his Germanic last name to Ford. His...

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