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E. M. Forster: A Life
by P.N. Furbank
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
Paperback, 648 pages
Published May 2nd 1994 by Mariner Books
(first published January 1st 1978)
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From this reading challenge, a book you own but have never read. I got this book over a year ago after being destroyed by The Tin Box, when I decided it'd be a great idea to follow up fictitious suffering with the story of someone who could have easily been that guy had circumstances been different.
This is not the best literary biography I've ever read, though it's certainly better than a Peter Ackroyd one. Perhaps this might have something to do with the fact that Forster's life wasn't exactly thrilling. I would recommend the first volume of the biography to anyone interested in Forster during the years which he was writing novels.
Philip Nicholas Furbank FRSL was an English writer, scholar and critic, and a professor (later emeritus) of the Open University. Born in Surrey, he earned a First in English at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. After service in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers during World War II, he accepted a position at Emmanuel, where he taught until he left in 1953 due to a stammer that hampered his l ...moreMore about P.N. Furbank...