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E. M. Forster


General reputation:

Forster a peripheral member of Bloomsbury Group of 1910s-20s: Virginia Woolf, Lytton Strachey, John Maynard Keynes, Vanessa Bell

Edwardian novelist in “Great Tradition” of English novels (Austen, Dickens, George Eliot, Hardy, James, Conrad, Woolf and others from late 1700s to early 20c)

Notable novels: novel of manners

A Room with a View (1908)

Howards End (1910)

A Passage to India (1924)


Gained wider popularity in 1980s-90s with release of several lush period movies based on his novels

A Passage to India, d. David Lean (1984)

A Room with a View, d. James Ivory (1985)

Maurice, d. James Ivory (1987)

Howards End, d. James Ivory (1992)


Visited India 1914; early 1920s was private secretary to Maharajah of Dewas

stopped writing novels in middle age, lived at Oxford as scholar / man of letters (Aspects of the Novel, 1927)

posthumous novel Maurice established as gay / queer author


A Passage through Forster: A Website about E. M. Forster and his Works

Review of issues in A Passage to India

School projects on A Passage to India

Links to sources on film & novel of A Passage to India

The Bloomsbury Group


YouTube copy of David Lean, A Passage to India (1984)

Pauline Kael review of Lean's film of A Passage to India

student journal featuring Forster and A Passage to India