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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).
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