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E. M. Forster - Author

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Edward Morgan Forster was born in London in 1879, attended Tonbridge School as a day boy, and went on to King's College, Cambridge, in 1897. With King's he had a lifelong connection and was elected to an Honorary Fellowship in 1946. He declared that his life as a whole had not been dramatic, and he was unfailingly modest about his achievements. Interviewed by the BBC on his eightieth birthday, he said: 'I have not written as much as I'd like to... I write for two reasons: partly to make money and partly to win the respect of people whom I respect... I had better add that I am quite sure I am not a great novelist.' Eminent critics and the general public have judged otherwise and in his obituary The Times called him 'one of the most esteemed English novelists of his time'.

He wrote six novels, four of which appeared before the First World War, Where Angels Fear to Tread (1905), The Longest Journey (1907), A Room with a View (1908), and Howard's End (1910). An interval of fourteen years elapsed before he published A Passage to India. It won both the Prix Femina Vie Heureuse and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. Maurice, his novel on a homosexual theme, finished in 1914, was published posthumously in 1971. He also published two volumes of short stories; two collections of essays; a critical work, Aspects of the Novel; The Hill of Devi, a fascinating record of two visits Forster made to the Indian State of Dewas Senior; two biographies; two books about Alexandria (where he worked for the Red Cross in the First World War); and, with Eric Crozier, the libretto for Britten's opera Billy Budd. He died in June 1970.

Featured books by E. M. Forster

A Passage to India

A Passage to India

Author: E. M. Forster Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/08/2015

When Adela Quested and her elderly companion Mrs Moore arrive in the Indian town of Chandrapore, they quickly feel trapped by its insular and prejudiced 'Anglo-Indian' community. Determined to escape the parochial English enclave and explore the 'real India', they seek the guidance of the charming and mercurial Dr Aziz, a cultivated Indian Muslim. But a mysterious incident occurs while they are exploring the Marabar caves with Aziz, and the well-respected doctor soon finds himself at the centre of a scandal that rouses violent passions among both the British and their Indian subjects.

Other books by E. M. Forster

Room with a View

Room with a View

Author: E. M. Forster, Sheba Blake Format: eBook Release Date: 14/04/2017

A Room with a View is a novel by English writer E. M. Forster, about a young woman in the restrained culture of Edwardian era England. Set in Italy and England, the story is both a romance and a critique of English society at the beginning of the 20th century. Merchant-Ivory produced an award-winning film adaptation in 1985. The Modern Library ranked A Room with a View 79th on its list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century (1998). A Room with a View had a lengthy gestation. By late 1902 Forster was working on a novel set in Italy which he called the 'Lucy novel'. In 1903 and 1904 he pushed it aside to work on other projects. He was still revising it in 1908.

Virginia Woolf

Virginia Woolf

Author: E. M. Forster Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/04/2016

E. M. Forster and Virginia Woolf were members of the Bloomsbury Group and key literary figures at the forefront of an artistic movement known as Modernism in the early twentieth century, a movement which for English literature meant the innovative re-shaping of boundaries in form, narrative and language. Originally published in 1942, this book presents the historic text of the Rede Lecture, which was delivered by E. M. Forster in the Senate House, Cambridge on 29th May 1941, two months after Woolf's death. The lecture was also given in an alternate form at the Royal Institution of Great Britain on 5th March 1942. In this lecture Forster celebrates Woolf's colossal contribution to literature as well as challenges her work as both a fellow writer and friend. Capturing and illuminating the shifting mood and interests in literature at the time, this landmark lecture is a must-read for all literature scholars.

Celestial Omnibus & Other Stories

Celestial Omnibus & Other Stories

Author: E. M. Forster Format: eBook Release Date: 08/12/2015

E.M. Forster was an English writer known for writing on the social issues of British society in the early 20th century. For Forster's achievements in writing and as a humanitarian he was made a member of the Order of Merit in 1969.

Longest Journey

Longest Journey

Author: E. M. Forster Format: eBook Release Date: 08/12/2015

E.M. Forster was an English writer known for writing on the social issues of British society in the early 20th century. For Forster's achievements in writing and as a humanitarian he was made a member of the Order of Merit in 1969.

Where Angels Fear to Tread

Where Angels Fear to Tread

Author: E. M. Forster Format: eBook Release Date: 08/12/2015

E.M. Forster was an English writer known for writing on the social issues of British society in the early 20th century. For Forster's achievements in writing and as a humanitarian he was made a member of the Order of Merit in 1969.

Room with a View

Room with a View

Author: E. M. Forster Format: eBook Release Date: 27/11/2015

E.M. Forster was an English writer known for writing on the social issues of British society in the early 20th century. For Forster's achievements in writing and as a humanitarian he was made a member of the Order of Merit in 1969. A Room with a View is a 1908 novel about a young woman in the repressed culture under King Edward VII's rule. The novel is a romance as well as a critique of English society at the turn of the century.

Howards End

Howards End

Author: E. M. Forster Format: eBook Release Date: 20/11/2015

E.M. Forster was an English writer known for writing on the social issues of British society in the early 20th century. For Forster's achievements in writing and as a humanitarian he was made a member of the Order of Merit in 1969.

Delphi Works of E. M. Forster (Illustrated)

Delphi Works of E. M. Forster (Illustrated)

Author: E. M. Forster Format: eBook Release Date: 11/08/2015

One of the most celebrated authors of his time, E. M. Forster produced significant novels that examined the social divide in early 20th-century British society. This comprehensive eBook presents the most complete collection possible of E. M. Forster's works in the US, with almost all of the novels, numerous illustrations, informative introductions, rare short stories and the usual Delphi bonus material. (Version 1)* Beautifully illustrated with images relating to Forster's life and works* Concise introductions to the novels and other texts* ALL 4 novels available to US readers, with individual contents tables* Images of how the books were first printed, giving your eReader a taste of the original texts* Excellent formatting of the texts* Rare short stories like THE STORY OF THE SIREN* Special chronological and alphabetical contents tables for short stories* Scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genresPlease note: this eBook contains the most possible works available to readers in the US, complying with copyright restrictions. Once new texts enter the public domain they will be added to the eBook as a free update.Please visit www.delphiclassics.com to browse through our range of exciting titlesCONTENTS:The NovelsWHERE ANGELS FEAR TO TREADTHE LONGEST JOURNEYA ROOM WITH A VIEWHOWARDS ENDThe Shorter FictionTHE MACHINE STOPSTHE CELESTIAL OMNIBUS AND OTHER STORIESTHE STORY OF THE SIRENThe Short StoriesLIST OF SHORT STORIES IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDERLIST OF SHORT STORIES IN ALPHABETICAL ORDERPlease visit www.delphiclassics.com to browse through our range of exciting titles

A Passage to India

A Passage to India

Author: E. M. Forster Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/08/2015

When Adela Quested and her elderly companion Mrs Moore arrive in the Indian town of Chandrapore, they quickly feel trapped by its insular and prejudiced 'Anglo-Indian' community. Determined to escape the parochial English enclave and explore the 'real India', they seek the guidance of the charming and mercurial Dr Aziz, a cultivated Indian Muslim. But a mysterious incident occurs while they are exploring the Marabar caves with Aziz, and the well-respected doctor soon finds himself at the centre of a scandal that rouses violent passions among both the British and their Indian subjects.

Celestial Omnibus and Other Stories

Celestial Omnibus and Other Stories

Author: E. M. Forster Format: eBook Release Date: 18/06/2015

A traveler steps off the road and finds himself in an alternate reality. A sullen boy accidentally summons a spirit. A man gets more than he bargained for when he buys his fiancee a plot of wooded land.These six stories deal with transformations, the truth of the imagination, and the effect of the unseen on ordinary lives. By juxtaposing the Edwardian English with pagan mythology, E.M. Forster created in this collection a work of lasting strangeness and great beauty.

Room with a View

Room with a View

Author: E. M. Forster Format: eBook Release Date: 12/06/2015

This Edwardian social comedy explores love and prim propriety among an eccentric cast of characters assembled in an Italian pensione and in a corner of Surrey, England.A charming young Englishwoman, Lucy Honeychurch, faints into the arms of a fellow Britisher when she witnesses a murder in a Florentine piazza. Attracted to this man, George Emerson-who is entirely unsuitable and whose father just may be a Socialist-Lucy is soon at war with the snobbery of her class and her own conflicting desires. Back in England, she is courted by a more acceptable, if stifling, suitor and soon realizes she must make a startling decision that will decide the course of her future: she is forced to choose between convention and passion.

Howards End

Howards End

Author: E. M. Forster Format: eBook Release Date: 12/06/2015

The disregard of a dying woman's bequest, a girl's attempt to help an impoverished clerk, and the marriage of an idealist and a materialist - all intersect at an estate called Howards End. The fate of this country home symbolizes the future of England in an exploration of social, economic, and philosophical trends during the post-Victorian era.

Longest Journey

Longest Journey

Author: E. M. Forster Format: eBook Release Date: 12/06/2015

Rickie Elliot, a sensitive and congenitally lame young man, orphaned at the age of 15, escapes from the misery of suburban life and the bullying of public school to Cambridge, where, like Forster himself, he finds sympathetic friends, chief amongst them Ansell, a grocer's son. He has literary aspirations (his short stories, Arcadian pastoral fantasies, are remarkably like Forster's own), but is also attracted by Agnes Pembroke, the conventional but beautiful sister of a schoolmaster friend and protector, and by her handsome, athletic, ex-bully fiance Gerald.

Where Angels Fear to Tread

Where Angels Fear to Tread

Author: E. M. Forster Format: eBook Release Date: 12/06/2015

When a young English widow takes off on the grand tour and along the way marries a penniless Italian, her in-laws are not amused. That the marriage should fail and poor Lilia die tragically are only to be expected. But that Lilia should have had a baby -- and that the baby should be raised as an Italian! -- are matters requiring immediate correction by Philip Herriton, his dour sister Harriet, and their well-meaning friend Miss Abbott.

The Celestial Omnibus and Other Tales

The Celestial Omnibus and Other Tales

Author: E. M. Forster Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/12/2014

Where Angels Fear to Tread

Where Angels Fear to Tread

Author: E. M. Forster Format: eBook Release Date: 19/08/2014

On a journey to Tuscany, widowed Lilia Herriton falls in love with both Italy and a handsome Italian much younger than herself, and decides to stay. Furious, her dead husband's family send Lilia's brother-in-law to Italy to prevent this marriage, but will he arrive in time? In the meantime, all hell breaks loose as there's a baby and a death in childbirth and Lilia's in-laws are desperate to avoid a scandal, even if they have to travel to Italy themselves, as well as considering it their right and their duty to try to obtain custody of the infant so that he can be raised as an Englishman.

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