Commonplace Book

Commonplace Book

by E. Forster

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Forster made entries in this commonplace book from 1925 through 1968, 18 months before his death. The book brings tegether quotations from his reading, musings on his life and times, and random odds and ends (such as the plan of a large garden he kept.) The early entries on fiction make up the raw material for the influential Aspects of the Novel. The book is most valuable for its self-portrait of Forster during those long years of miscellaneous prose after A Passage to India . Forster's thoughts are laced with self-doubt and laments about his ``central weakness which prevents me from concentrating.'' An intriguing hodgepodge that will be of interest primarily to scholars. Keith Cushman, English Dept., Univ. of North Carolina, Greensboro

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