17 December 1873
Ford Hermann Hueffer (later FMF), British novelist, critic, and literary editor, was born at Merton
, the eldest in a family of three children.
The teenage FMF, under the name Ford Madox H. Hueffer, published his first work: a fairy story for children entitled The Brown Owl
, with 1892 on its title-page.
By 8 October 1938
A year before his death, FMF published an ambitious work of literary criticism, The March of Literature from Confucius' Day to Our Own
, with Dial
of New York
; the London edition followed in 1939.