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.


  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.

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