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E. M. Forster: Interviews and Recollections

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A collection of 46 pieces, some published here for the first time, offering a kaleidoscopic view of Forster's (1879-1970) character as observed and remembered by college associates, close friends, chance acquaintances, and fellow writers. The volume is divided into nine sections: Forster observed, in conversation, Bloomsbury, among friends, encounters with Forster, on stage, at King's, pen portraits, and Forster remembered. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312079611
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 1/1/1993
  • Pages: 224

Table of Contents

A Note on the Text
Forster's Life: A Chronology
Pt. I Forster Observed 1
'A touch of real and rare distinction' 3
Travels in Italy and Austria 4
The Diaries of Siegfried Sassoon 7
'Aesthetic or social reformer?' 13
Paris, 1935 14
A PEN Luncheon 16
At the London Library 17
West Hackhurst, 1945 18
Notes on a Friend 19
Moments with Morgan Forster 23
Tea in Cambridge 24
Pt. II In Conversation 27
A Conversation with E. M. Forster 29
E. M. Forster on his Life and Books 38
Pt. III Bloomsbury 43
The Diary of Virginia Woolf 45
Morgan at Ham Spray 52
Morgan 52
'As near to a Good Man as any' 54
Great Friend 56
Pt. IV Among Friends 63
Morgan Comes to Tea 65
Meeting E. M. 71
Lunch during the Munich Crisis 73
At Joe Ackerley's 74
Some Reminiscences 77
Memories of E. M. Forster 80
Pt. V Encounters with Forster 89
Meeting 'an old and valued author' 91
From Avignon to Paris with E. M. Forster 98
Encountering E. M. Forster 99
'Meetings which are not precisely personal' 102
A Dinner, a Talk, a Walk with Forster 104
Mr Forster of King's 112
Pt. VI On Stage 125
Watching Billy Budd 127
A Late Debut 128
Remembering E. M. Forster 132
Pt. VII At King's 153
Forster's Library 155
The Strangeness of E. M. Forster 156
The Later Years 161
Forster's Eightieth Birthday Luncheon 180
Pt. VIII Pen Portraits 185
'Independent, Cantabrigian, and a bachelor' 187
Raising the Shield of Achilles 189
Orpheus and Morgan 193
Kingsman 196
Pt. IX Forster Remembered 207
Memories of Morgan 209
A Personal Recollection 217
Three Cheers for E. M. Forster 221
E. M. Forster (1879-1970) 225
Morgan Forster Remembered 228
Index 231
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