October 14, 2015

Wednesday Writing Wisdom (29) E. M. Forster




“The historian records, but the novelist creates.”



E. M. Forster
(1879 - 1970)
Curious facts about: 

 
Forster felt daunted by India when he first visited it in 1912-1913. The author found that both its landscape and its people defied description and understanding.



During the First World War, Forster worked as a medical orderly in Alexandria in Egypt. He refused to fight as a soldier because of his pacifist ideals.





In 1960 Forster appeared as a witness for the defense in the trial for D.H. Lawrence’s suppressed novel, Lady Chatterley’s Lover. Many writers did so, and Lady Chatterley was cleared of the obscenity charges and published.

2 comments:

  1. I fondly recall his book Passage to India. I love the way he took historical panorama and allowed us to see it through the eyes of interesting characters. Thank you for the post. Love his quote.

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    1. A classic among the classics.
      Thank you for checking the post, Flossie!

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