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E. M. Forster: A Life

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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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David Freeland
This is one of the most intelligent and sympathetic literary biographies I've ever read. The edition I own is marked Volume One; I am looking for Volume Two, and am excited at the prospect of continuing the journey of this remarkable author.
Robert Vaughan
A very vivid portrayal of the writer, from birth to death, and chronicles everything with extensive research: Forster's early awareness of his homosexuality, his school years, and his wide-ranging travels (which heavily influenced his writings).
A remarkable biography and a remarkable life. Forster lived 90 years and only wrote novels for about half of it, but his legacy is huge, and his personal impact may have been greater even than his literary one. He was much beloved. The biography deals frankly with his homosexuality, and the gay sub-culture he inhabited, and one of the great strengths of the book is that you can see how radically the world changed on this topic and in general in the span of this one life history.

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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.
J. Walker
I admit to reading 240 pages of the 325 presented here; somewhere in 1912, the adventure stopped, the interest flagged, and I never picked up the volume to follow it to its inevitable conclusion.
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Still working on this -- but ist is avery dense, academic biography -- so there is a limit to how much I can read at one time.
Excellent overview of Forter's life--not his books.
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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 ...more
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