E.M. Forster: A Life

E.M. Forster: A Life

Language: English

Pages: 359

ISBN: 0151287597

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


P. N. Furbank's 1978 two-volume portrait, combined here into one edition, is generally considered the definitive biography of novelist E. M. Forster. "One of the best biographies of a writer I've ever read."--Walter Clemons, Newsweek

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refused, and went to see the Fry-belicked Spring1 in the Academy. The flowers are now astonishingly bright. They went on to Cortona, where the hotel was so cold they had to run up and down in their bedrooms to keep warm. Lily bought a cloak and made Forster buy one likewise. His was a very full one, worn with the end thrown over one shoulder like a Roman toga. 'M. loves his cloak,' she told her mother, 'and is walking up and down with it on.' Forster added a P.S.: She is drunk as well as sleepy -

said he doubted if it would be perceptible at that distance. He had also applied for some university extension lecturing. And, pursuing Trevelyan's advice, he signed on at the Working Men's College (then in Great Ormond Street, in Bloomsbury) and began taking a weekly class in Latin there. He told Dent he was afraid he enjoyed it more than the students did. Meanwhile -their plans being so vague - he and his mother established themselves at the Kingsley Hotel in Bloomsbury; and for three weeks or

country is unthinkably large and contented and patriotic- I mean that is its spirit as you go in the train. It's got no charm, like Italy, where you think all the time of the glorious limb sliding southward between warming seas ... His arrival at Nassenheide was disconcerting. The train dropped him out, with all his luggage, in the middle of a farmyard, in the pitch dark; there was no one to meet him, and he hadn't the faintest idea where the Schloss lay. Fortunately, the guard was helpful and

three-quarter mile circuit in one and a half minutes. 3 'It's coming quickly,' he commented: and if I live to be old I shall see the sky as pestilential as the roads. It really is a new civilisation. I have been born at the end of the age of peace and can't expect to feel anything but despair. Science, 1 'Summer Street', where the Emersons come to live, was modelled on Holmbury St Mary. 2 A dog. 3 On 13 January 1908 Henri Farman won a contest, in France, for the flying of a heavier-than-air

L. (aside) Dr Southey thinks it better than Clapham. (aloud) I don't think a fortnight can do him any harm. M. Yes it can. I thought you promised you would not go near London. L. No. If I thought it bad for baby, there would have been no object in my leaving Bournemouth at all. M. The North East winds are so bad. L. No worse than Clapham. M. Yes they are. People go abroad to avoid them. L. If the North East winds are confined to London then they could avoid them by going to some other part of

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