Portrait of E.M. Forster by Dora Carrington.

E.M. Forster

(1879 - 1970)

Between 1903 and 1910, in his twenties and early thirties, E.M. Forster wrote four of the five novels he published in his ninety-one-year lifetime, among them A Room with a View and Howards End. His two trips to India in 1912 and 1921 inspired his fifth novel, A Passage to India, published in 1924, after which time he dedicated himself to essays on literature and politics as well as biographies.

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“How annoyed I am with society for wasting my time by making homosexuality criminal,” novelist E.M. Forster wrote in 1963, when he was nearly eighty-five years old. “The subterfuges, the self-consciousness that might have been avoided.”

Spoon feeding in the long run teaches us nothing but the shape of the spoon.

—E.M. Forster, 1951

A win always seems shallow: it is the loss that is so profound and suggests nasty infinities.

—E.M. Forster, 1919

Only connect! That was the whole of her sermon. Only connect the prose and the passion, and both will be exalted, and human love will be seen at its height.

—E.M. Forster, 1910

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