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After Ford Madox Ford moved to Winchelsea (Sussex) in 1901, Conrad visited him frequently and often called on James, who was living in the nearby town of Rye. In 1902James supported the attempt to obtain a grant for Conrad from the Royal Literary Fund. According to James's biographer Leon Edel, 'James extravagantly praised Conrad's early work. The middle period- Nostromo, The Secret Agent, Under Western Eyeshe described to [Edith] Wharton as "impossibilities" and a "waste of desolation that succeeded the two or three final good things of his earlier time".
In 1898 Conrad moved to Kent, the county on the other side of the Thames estuary; there he was to spend most of the rest ofhis life, to die, and to be buried. There, too, he formed part of a loosely-knit and somewhat scattered colony of writers. Edward Garnett, Conrad's mentor, lived at Limpsfield, in the neighbouring county of Surrey, from 1896, and Conrad had already visited him there; Ford Madox Hueffer, whom Conrad met through Garnett, lived at Aldington in the 1890s; Stephen Crane lived in Rye in 1899-1900, and Henry James had a house in the same town until his death; and H.
P. 52) A Conrad Who's Who 23 Arthur Mizener, Ford's biographer, writes that 'Ford provided moral support for Conrad in two ways. He kept Conrad's spirits up by constantly assuring him of what he quite sincerely believed, that Conrad was a great writer. He also took over, in a way that appeared at least to Conrad very effective, many of the practical operations of Conrad's life' (The Saddest Story: A Biography of Ford Madox Ford  p. 46). As a novelist, Ford is an important figure in his generation and a major technical innovator; on his relationship to Conrad as a novelist see Thomas Moser, 'Conrad and The Good Soldier', in joseph Conrad: A Commemoration, ed.
A Conrad Companion by Norman Page (auth.)