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E. M. Forster (1879-1970), Novelist

Edward Morgan Forster

Sitter in 44 portraits
Novelist, short story writer and essayist. A comic moralist in the tradition of Jane Austen in works such as A Room with a View (1908), Howards End (1910) and A Passage to India (1924), Forster tackled taboo issues of class and race. These works established Forster's reputation as an important literary figure, although his homosexual novel, Maurice, written in 1914, was not published until 1971. Forster was invited by Britten to lecture at the first Aldeburgh Festival in 1948, and the following year he took on the role of co-librettist with Eric Crozier for Billy Budd.