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Passage to India

ISBN-10: 0156711427
ISBN-13: 9780156711425
Edition: 1965 (Reprint)
Authors: E. M. Forster
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Description: Among the greatest novels of the twentieth century and the basis for director David Lean’s Academy Award-winning film, A Passage to India tells of the clash of cultures in British India after the turn of the century. In exquisite prose, Forster  More...

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Book details

List price: $14.95
Copyright year: 1965
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 3/17/1965
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.924
Language: English

Among the greatest novels of the twentieth century and the basis for director David Lean’s Academy Award-winning film, A Passage to India tells of the clash of cultures in British India after the turn of the century. In exquisite prose, Forster reveals the menace that lurks just beneath the surface of ordinary life, as a common misunderstanding erupts into a devastating affair.

Edward Morgan Forster was born on January 1, 1879, in London, England. He never knew his father, who died when Forster was an infant. Forster graduated from King's College, Cambridge, with B.A. degrees in classics (1900) and history (1901), as well as an M.A. (1910). In the mid-1940s he returned to Cambridge as a professor, living quietly there until his death in 1970. Forster was named to the Order of Companions of Honor to the Queen in 1953. Forster's writing was extensively influenced by the traveling he did in the earlier part of his life. After graduating from Cambridge, he lived in both Greece and Italy, and used the latter as the setting for the novels Where Angels Fear to Tread (1905) and A Room with a View (1908). The Longest Journey was published in 1907. Howard's End was modeled on the house he lived in with his mother during his childhood. During World War I, he worked as a Red Cross Volunteer in Alexandria, aiding in the search for missing soldiers; he later wrote about these experiences in the nonfiction works Alexandria: A History and Guide and Pharos and Pharillon. His two journeys to India, in 1912 and 1922, resulted in A Passage to India (1924), which many consider to be Forster's best work; this title earned the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. Forster wrote only six novels, all prior to 1925 (although Maurice was not published until 1971, a year after Forster's death, probably because of its homosexual theme). For much of the rest of his life, he wrote literary criticism (Aspects of the Novel) and nonfiction, including biographies (Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson), histories, political pieces, and radio broadcasts. Howard's End, A Room with a View, and A Passage to India have all been made into successful films.

'A Delicious and Terrible Book': The Reception ofA Passage to India
'For Want of a Smile an Empire is to be Lost': Forster's Liberal Humanism
'The Architecture of Question and Answer': Narration and Negation
'Centuries of Carnal Embracement': Forster's Sexual Politics
'English Crime': Writing History and Empire 'A Delicious and Terrible Book': The Reception ofA Passage to India
'For Want of a Smile an Empire is to be Lost': Forster's Liberal Humanism
'The Architecture of Question and Answer': Narration and Negation
'Centuries of Carnal Embracement': Forster's Sexual Politics
'English Crime': Writing History and Empire
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