Edward Morgan Forster


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  • ''Chicago—is—oh well a façade of skyscrapers facing a lake, and behind the façade every type of dubiousness.''
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. Letter, June 5, 1947. Selected Letters of E.M. Forster, vol. 2, eds. Mary Lago and P.N. Furbank (1985).
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  • ''Love is always being given where it is not required.''
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. letter, Dec. 5, 1914, to Syed Ross Masood. Selected Letters of E.M. Forster, vol. 1, eds. Mary Lago and P. N. Furbank (1983).
  • ''Belfast ... as uncivilised as ever—savage black mothers in houses of dark red brick, friendly manufacturers too drunk to entertain you when you arrive. It amuses me till I get tired.''
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. Letter, May 3, 1928, to T.E. Lawrence. From private collection.
  • ''It is devilish difficult to criticise society & also create human beings.''
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. letter, Nov. 12, 1910, to Edward Garnett. Selected Letters of E.M. Forster, vol. 1, eds. Mary Lago and P. N. Furbank (1983).
  • ''Life.—No, I've nothing to teach you about it for the moment. May be writing about it another week.''
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. closing lines of letter, May 3, 1928, to soldier and scholar T.E. Lawrence.
  • ''But why I cry out against Rubens is because he painted undressed people instead of naked ones.''
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. letter, Sept. 17, 1902, to Edward Joseph Dent. Selected Letters of E.M. Forster, vol. 1, eds. Mary Lago and P. N. Furbank (1983).
  • ''The only books that influence us are those for which we are ready, and which have gone a little farther down our particular path than we have yet got ourselves.''
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. "A Book that Influenced Me," Two Cheers for Democracy (1951).
  • ''One always tends to overpraise a long book, because one has got through it.''
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. (First published 1935). "T.E. Lawrence," Abinger Harvest (1936).
  • ''To make us feel small in the right way is a function of art; men can only make us feel small in the wrong way.''
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. "A Book That Influenced Me," Two Cheers for Democracy (1951).
  • ''I belong to the fag-end of Victorian liberalism, and can look back to an age whose challenges were moderate in their tone, and the cloud on whose horizon was no bigger than a man's hand.''
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. "The Challenge of Our Time," pt. I (1946), in Two Cheers for Democracy (1951). Originally from a radio broadcast.

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