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A great unrecorded history : a new life of E.M. Forster
Wendy Moffat
Adult Nonfiction PR6011.O58 Z8228 2010

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This biography-the first to focus on Forster's homosexuality-is the result of ten years of research by Moffat (English, Dickinson Coll.) that included interviews with the subject's friends. Forster (1879-1970) "came out" only posthumously with the 1970 publication of Maurice, an openly gay novel written decades earlier but circulated only among chosen associates because of the prevailing prejudice and laws against homosexuality in Britain. Thus Forster kept his orientation under wraps, especially from his mother, by whom he was dominated until her death when he was 66. After A Passage to India, published in 1924, he produced no more novels but left a body of gay writing that remained unpublished during his lifetime, while publicly he turned to lecturing and journalism. Moffat's book details a succession of gay relationships as well as Forster's lifelong association with King's College (Cambridge) and his travels in Egypt and India, which revealed the racism prevalent among his contemporaries. Verdict This is a thorough, well-documented study of Forster's sexual orientation, but the focus limits the book's appeal.-Denise J. Stankovics, Vernon, CT (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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