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E. M. Forster (1879–1970)

Author of A Passage to India

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About the Author

Edward Morgan Forster was born on January 1, 1879, in London, England. He never knew his father, who died when Forster was an infant. Forster graduated from King's College, Cambridge, with B.A. degrees in classics (1900) and history (1901), as well as an M.A. (1910). In the mid-1940s he returned to show more Cambridge as a professor, living quietly there until his death in 1970. Forster was named to the Order of Companions of Honor to the Queen in 1953. Forster's writing was extensively influenced by the traveling he did in the earlier part of his life. After graduating from Cambridge, he lived in both Greece and Italy, and used the latter as the setting for the novels Where Angels Fear to Tread (1905) and A Room with a View (1908). The Longest Journey was published in 1907. Howard's End was modeled on the house he lived in with his mother during his childhood. During World War I, he worked as a Red Cross Volunteer in Alexandria, aiding in the search for missing soldiers; he later wrote about these experiences in the nonfiction works Alexandria: A History and Guide and Pharos and Pharillon. His two journeys to India, in 1912 and 1922, resulted in A Passage to India (1924), which many consider to be Forster's best work; this title earned the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. Forster wrote only six novels, all prior to 1925 (although Maurice was not published until 1971, a year after Forster's death, probably because of its homosexual theme). For much of the rest of his life, he wrote literary criticism (Aspects of the Novel) and nonfiction, including biographies (Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson), histories, political pieces, and radio broadcasts. Howard's End, A Room with a View, and A Passage to India have all been made into successful films. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Works by E. M. Forster

A Passage to India (1924) 12,422 copies
A Room with a View (1908) 11,158 copies
Howards End (1910) — Author — 8,767 copies
Maurice: A Novel (1971) 4,155 copies
Where Angels Fear to Tread (1905) 3,119 copies
Aspects of the Novel (1927) 2,285 copies
The Longest Journey (1907) 1,495 copies
The Machine Stops (1909) 676 copies
A Room With A View / Howards End / Maurice (1911) — Author — 478 copies
Collected Short Stories (1947) — Author — 382 copies
Two Cheers for Democracy (1938) 297 copies
A Room with a View [1985 film] (1985) — Novel — 247 copies
Abinger Harvest (1936) 243 copies
The Hill of Devi (1953) 197 copies
Howards End [1992 film] (1992) — Original novel — 137 copies
Original Letters from India (1986) — Editor — 126 copies
Pharos and Pharillon (1923) 109 copies
Commonplace Book (1978) 88 copies
Arctic Summer (1980) 84 copies
100 Eternal Masterpieces of Literature - volume 1 (2017) — Contributor — 58 copies
Peter Grimes (full score) (1961) 57 copies
The Obelisk (2009) 40 copies
Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson (1934) 29 copies
Virginia Woolf (1942) 16 copies
A Passage to India [play] (2002) 15 copies
The Other Side of the Hedge (1995) 13 copies
I racconti (1988) 13 copies
What I Believe (1939) 11 copies
Battersea Rise (1955) 9 copies
Romanzi (2004) 8 copies
Quelle importance ? (1995) 7 copies
The Story of a Panic (2005) 6 copies
Roman Sanati (2014) 6 copies
Visions of Football (1997) 6 copies
The Works of E.M. Forster (2009) 6 copies
E. M. Forster: a tribute — Contributor — 6 copies
Tots els contes (1995) 6 copies
Nordic Twilight (1940) 6 copies
Anonymity : an enquiry (1976) 5 copies
The Story of the Siren (2010) 5 copies
Other Kingdom (2005) 4 copies
Ensayos críticos (1979) 3 copies
Rencontres et destins (2011) 3 copies
Resurrezione 2 copies
Mr. Andrews 2 copies
Dr. Woolacott 2 copies
Omnibus (1988) 2 copies
LA MANSIÓN 1 copy
フォースター評論集 (岩波文庫) (1996) — Author — 1 copy
Albergo Empedocle (2016) 1 copy
[Selections] 1 copy
Credo 1 copy
De machine staat stil (2021) 1 copy
Casa Howard 1 copy

Associated Works

Wuthering Heights (1847) — Afterword, some editions — 51,912 copies
Lord of the Flies (1954) — Introduction, some editions — 49,542 copies
The Age of Innocence (1920) — Introduction, some editions — 13,907 copies
50 Great Short Stories (1952) — Contributor — 1,251 copies
Great Tales of Terror and the Supernatural (1944) — Contributor — 641 copies
The Science Fiction Century (1997) — Contributor — 532 copies
Black Water: The Book of Fantastic Literature (1983) — Contributor — 500 copies
The Mrs Dalloway Reader (2003) — Contributor — 428 copies
Twenty Years A-Growing (1933) — Introduction, some editions — 364 copies
The Faber Book of Gay Short Fiction (1992) — Contributor — 320 copies
The Penguin Book of Gay Short Stories (1994) — Contributor — 319 copies
75 Short Masterpieces: Stories from the World's Literature (1961) — Contributor — 298 copies
A Treasury of Short Stories (1947) — Contributor — 293 copies
The Big Book of Classic Fantasy (2019) — Contributor — 166 copies
17 X Infinity (1900) — Contributor — 162 copies
Belchamber (1904) — Afterword, some editions — 161 copies
The Columbia Anthology of Gay Literature (1998) — Contributor — 158 copies
Randall Jarrell's Book of Stories (1958) — Contributor — 144 copies
Science Fiction Short Stories (Gothic Fantasy) (2015) — Contributor — 139 copies
The Ambassadors [Norton Critical Edition, 2nd ed.] (1963) — Contributor — 138 copies
The Road to Science Fiction #2: From Wells to Heinlein (1979) — Contributor — 138 copies
The Wesleyan Anthology of Science Fiction (2010) — Contributor — 133 copies
The Second Penguin Book of English Short Stories (1972) — Contributor, some editions — 119 copies
Great English Short Stories (1957) — Contributor — 108 copies
A Passage to India [1984 film] (1984) — Original novel — 104 copies
Science Fiction: The Future (1971) — Contributor — 84 copies
Cities of Wonder (1967) — Contributor — 81 copies
The Treasury of Science Fiction Classics (1954) — Contributor — 75 copies
The Bedside Book of Famous British Stories (1940) — Contributor — 67 copies
The Best Science Fiction Stories (1977) — Author, some editions — 66 copies
Great Tales of Fantasy and Imagination (1945) — Contributor — 56 copies
The Supernatural Reader (1953) — Contributor — 55 copies
Art of Fiction (1967) — Contributor — 51 copies
The Oxford Book of Sea Stories (1994) — Contributor — 50 copies
Modern Short Stories (1939) — Contributor — 49 copies
Masters of the Modern Short Story (1945) — Contributor — 46 copies
An Omnibus of 20th Century Ghost Stories (1989) — Contributor — 45 copies
A Quarto of Modern Literature (1935) — Contributor — 39 copies
The Television Late-night Horror Omnibus (1993) — Contributor — 38 copies
Modern English Short Stories (1939) — Contributor — 35 copies
Where Angels Fear to Tread [1991 film] (1991) — Original book — 34 copies
Fairy Tales for Computers (1969) — Contributor — 32 copies
The Science Fiction Galaxy (1950) — Contributor — 30 copies
The Best Ghost Stories (1990) — Contributor — 27 copies
Short Stories of the Sea (1984) — Contributor — 27 copies
The Horned God: Weird Tales of the Great God Pan (2022) — Contributor — 27 copies
A Book of Essays (1963) — Contributor — 26 copies
We, Robots (2010) — Contributor — 23 copies
Best Ghost Stories (1977) — Contributor, some editions — 23 copies
Classic Essays in English (1961) — Contributor — 22 copies
Tom Barber Trilogy: Uncle Stephen, The Retreat, and Young Tom (1955) — Introduction, some editions — 17 copies
The Analog Sea Review: Number Two (2019) — Contributor — 14 copies
31 Stories (1960) — Contributor — 12 copies
The Life of George Crabbe (1834) — Introduction, some editions — 12 copies
Short Stories of To-Day (1924) — Contributor — 11 copies
Voices from the Radium Age (MIT Press / Radium Age) (2022) — Contributor — 11 copies
Howard's End [2017 TV mini series] (2020) — Original book — 10 copies
A Room With a View [2007 film] (2007) — Original story — 9 copies
The Analog Sea Review: Number One (2018) — Contributor — 9 copies
British and American Essays, 1905-1956 (1959) — Contributor — 7 copies
Armchair Horror Collection (1994) — Contributor — 7 copies
Maurice and Alec in America (2005) — Original characters — 6 copies
Eighteen Stories (1965) 4 copies
Tredive mesterfortællinger — Author, some editions — 3 copies
Modern Short Stories — Contributor — 1 copy

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THE DEEP ONES: "The Story of a Panic" by E. M. Forster in The Weird Tradition (December 2021)
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A Room with a View in Made into a Movie (January 2016)
Rebel Read: Aspects of the Novel in Le Salon Littéraire du Peuple pour le Peuple (February 2014)

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JennyArch | 222 other reviews | Apr 20, 2024 |
I found this book horrifying and illuminating. It follows the life of a young privileged man in the early years of the 20th century as he progresses through school, Cambridge and young adulthood. He comes to realise he is homosexual, and it is the depiction of his feelings and conduct which is so very unsettling. I was aware of course that homosexuality was illegal and in every way frowned upon at that time. What I didn't realise though was that as well as needing to keep their sexuality under wraps, homosexuals battled very real feelings of shame, often seeing themselves as 'beastly'. Their sexual orientation might colour the entire way they lived their lives and formed relationships with family, friends and colleagues. Maurice, the subject of this book is to a large extent a prisoner of his sexuality and class, and a not altogether likeable character, though it's easy to sympathise with him. Only the ending failed to convince. An unsettling but worthwhile read.… (more)
 
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Margaret09 | 70 other reviews | Apr 15, 2024 |
Clever story. The writing a bit heavy. Gino wasn't shed in a good light but, keep in mind, the character was only in his early 20's.
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SteveMcI | 50 other reviews | Feb 18, 2024 |
Accompanied by Charlotte, Lucy goes to Florence to find herself, and she learns about Italy's social culture. The story follows Lucy's character arc as she meets the men of Italy alongside Charlotte, whose English societal views start to change.


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Works
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Members
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Popularity
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Rating
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Reviews
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ISBNs
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Languages
28
Favorited
269

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