E. M. Forster

E. M. Forster (1879-1970)


Edward Morgan Forster (1 January 1879– 7 June 1970), better known by his pen name E. M. Forster, 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.

He was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 16 different years.

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