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Edward Morgan Forster


Edward Morgan Forster
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Edward Morgan Forster (1 January 1879 – 7 June 1970) was an English novelist, short story writer, essayist and librettist. He is known best for his ironic and well-plotted novels examining class difference and hypocrisy in early 20th-century British society. Forster's humanistic impulse toward understanding and sympathy may be aptly summed up in the epigraph to his 1910 novel Howards End: "Only connect … ". His 1908 novel, A Room with a View, is his most optimistic work, while A Passage to India (1924) brought him his greatest success. more »

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  • ''He had robbed the body of its taint, the world's taunts of their sting; he had shown her the holiness of direct desire.''
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. A Room with a View, pt. II, ch. 19 (1908).
  • ''I never could get on with representative individuals—but people who existed on their own account and with whom it might therefore be possible to be friends.''
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. "The United States," pt. II (1947), in Two Cheers for Democracy (1951).
  • ''But after all, what have we to do with taverns? Real menace belongs to the drawing-room.''
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. A Room with a View, pt. I, ch. 7 (1908).
  • The idea that nations should love one another, or that business concerns or marketing boards should love one another, or that a man in Portugal should love a man in Peru of whom he has never heard...
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. (First published 1941). "Tolerance," Two Cheers for Democracy (1951).
  • ''The traveller who has gone to Italy to study the tactile values of Giotto, or the corruption of the Papacy, may return remembering nothing but the blue sky and the men and women who live under it.''
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. A Room with a View, ch. 2 (1908).
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