E. M. Forster  

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"He continues: "In the light of an intensely spiritualized yet nervous and partly embittered homosexuality, a number of Forster's most famous dicta — it is better to betray one's country than a friend, 'only connect' — take on a more restricted, shriller ambiance" (169). In ways that corroborate Steiner's reading, Forster avowed to Siegfried Sassoon in 1920: "Nothing is more obdurate to artistic treatment than the carnal" (SL 1:316). This statement partly clarifies the subtle enigmas of "Arthur ..."--Queer Forster - Robert K. Martin, ‎George Piggford - 1997

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Edward Morgan Forster, OM (January 1, 1879June 7, 1970), was an English novelist, short story writer, and essayist. 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."

Forster was gay, but this fact was not made public during his lifetime. His posthumously released novel Maurice tells of the coming of age of an explicitly gay male character.



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