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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 fact is we can only love what we know personally. And we cannot know much. In public affairs, in the rebuilding of civilization, something less dramatic and emotional is needed, namely tolerance.''
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. "Tolerance," pt. I (1941), in Two Cheers for Democracy (1951).
  • ''Paganism is infectious—more infectious than diphtheria or piety....''
    E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. A Room with a View, pt. II, ch. 15 (1908).
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