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- DescriptionOne of the great mysteries in the life of E. M. Forster (1879-1970) is why, after the publication of A Passage to India in 1924, he never published ather vel although he lived to be 90. In Wendy Moffat's biography, based on a lifetime's dedication to her subject, we gain extraordinary insights into a man with a gift for writing fiction of great humanity, warmth and humour, who realised early that the society of his time would t allow him to publish the fiction he really wanted to write. At the end of A Passage to India, his readers were left with the melancholy sight of Aziz and Fielding, friends of different races and cultures, riding out of the vel down separate paths. In real life, although frustrated at t being able to write out of his true self - it would t be until after his death that Maurice, his vel of a homosexual affair, would be published - E. M.Forster led a full and energetic life. He was a successful broadcaster, a brilliant essayist (Abinger Harvest and Two Cheers for Democracy are still must-reads) and a leading figure in Europe's intellectual life. Moffat argues that with his support for colleagues from Lowes Dickinson and Radclyffe Hall to Christopher Isherwood and Benjamin Britten, and his quiet championing of humanistic values, he helped create the more tolerant world we w enjoy. Moffat's achievement is t to show that Forster was homosexual (this is well kwn) but how deeply his ideas on individual freedom, tolerance, sexuality and love, permeated every act and aspect of his life.
- Author BiographyWendy Moffat studied English Literature at Yale, where she also took her PhD. She is currently a professor of English at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. This is her first book.
- PrizesWinner of Biographers' Club Prize for Best First Biography 2010.
- Author(s)Wendy Moffat
- PublisherBloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Date of Publication04/04/2011
- SubjectBiography: Literary
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintBloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Content NoteIllustrations
- Weight323 g
- Width129 mm
- Height198 mm
- Spine26 mm
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