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Captivating, stimulating, and written with the lightest and wittiest of touches. E. M. Forster not only transported me to another place, he also opened my eyes to the times and made me smile. I think I quite possibly discovered my love for Italy having read A Room with a View as a teenager. The characters pop with such vivid intensity, and Italy, well I felt as though Italy was performing just for me. A Room with a View is a beautifully entertaining and lovely romance, with just a little bite. Visit our '50 Classics Everyone Should Read' collection to discover more classic titles.
<p>Join a young E.M. Forster on his personal journey of discovering his beloved India for the first time. Through letters written home and personal recollections, Forster paints the picture of Dewas State, a strange, bewildering, and enchanting slice of pre-independence India.<br>In this collection, Forster shares insight into the lives of Indian royalty, and at times humorous accounts of the stark contrasts between excess and poverty he encounters. From letters that set the scene for Forsters lifelong friendship with the Maharaja, to an essay on the Maharaja himself and his experiences as the Maharajas personal secretary, <i>The Hill of Devi </i>is a fascinating chronicle of the authors experience in the land he called "e;the oddest corner of the world outside Alice in Wonderland."e;<br><i>The Hill of Devi</i> is an essential companion to Forsters masterwork, <i>A Passage to India</i>.</p>
<p>Featuring fourteen short stories, most previously unpublished, <i>The Life to Come</i> spans six decades of E.M. Forsters writing, from approximately 1903 to 1958, and shows Forster at every phase of his writing career.<br>Forster, feeling his career would suffer, never sought publication for most of the stories, hiding these away along with <i>Maurice</i>, his novel of homosexual love.<br>With stories that are lively and amusing ("e;What Does It Matter"e;; "e;The Obelisk"e;), as well as more somber and deft portrayals of love, truth, and society ("e;Dr Woolacott"e;; "e;Arthur Snatchfold"e;), <i>The Life to Come </i>sheds a light on Forsters powerful but suppressed explorations beyond the strictures of conventional society.</p>
<p>Alexandria, Egypt: at one point a trading hub and a cosmopolitan crossroads of the world. It was also the place where, during World War I, E.M. Forster fell in love with a young Egyptian man. <i>Pharos and Pharillon</i> is a collection of essays and articles he wrote about Alexandria, mostly written during that time and dedicated to that man, Mohammed el Adl.<br>Organized in two parts, the book opens with Pharos and seven stories that paint a poetic picture of the ancient city and its history. The second half, Pharillon, consists of four stories, followed by Forsters moving introduction of the Greek poet C. P. Cavafy to the English-speaking world. The division in the book is signaled by Cavafys now famous poem, "e;The God Abandons Antony."e;<br>The sketches were written for the local Egyptian press and were also published in <i>The Nation and Athenaeum</i>, a British political newspaper owned by Leonard Woolf, husband of writer Virginia Woolf. The Woolfs published <i>Pharos and Pharillon</i> in 1923, and with its poignant accounts of the events and history of one of the first global cities, it remains an enlightening portrait, and a useful guidebook, into modern times.</p>
The Longest Journey - Scholar's Choice Edition by E M Forster
Full of Forster's renowned wit and perceptiveness, ASPECTS OF THE NOVEL offers a rare insight into the art of fiction from one of our greatest novelists. 'His is a book to encourage dreaming.' Virginia Woolf Forster pares down the novel to its essential elements as he sees them: story, people, plot, fantasy, prophecy, pattern and rhythm. He illustrates each aspect with examples from their greatest exponents, not hesitating as he does so to pass controversial judgement on the works of, among others, Sir Walter Scott, Charles Dickens and Henry James.
As Maurice Hall makes his way through a traditional English education, he projects an outer confidence that masks troubling questions about his own identity. Frustrated and unfulfilled, a product of the bourgeoisie he will grow to despise, he has difficulty acknowledging his nascent attraction to men. At Cambridge he meets Clive, who opens his eyes to a less conventional view of the nature of love. Yet when Maurice is confronted by the societal pressures of life beyond university, self-doubt and heartbreak threaten his quest for happiness.