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Biography

bullet Furbank, P.N. E.M. Forster: A Life. (Search Bibliofind.com for this book.)

The standard biography. Since this book is out of print, you can only order it from a second hand bookstore.

bullet Stape, J.H. E.M. Forster. Macmillan Press, 1992. (£57.50 at Amazon.co.uk)

This volume of interviews and recollections offers a wide view of E.M. Forster's character as observed and remembered by college associates, close friends, chance acquaintances and fellow writers. These 46 pieces, some published for the first time, variously reveal facets of his private and public personalities: Forster the subtle analyst of middle-class England, the spokesman for liberal causes and humane values, the Cambridge insider and the committed friend. Included is a chronology of the main events in Forster's life.

Criticism

General

bullet Bakshi, Parminder Kaur. Distant Desire: Homoerotic Codes and the Subversion of the English Novel in E.M. Forster's Fiction (Sexuality and Literature, Vol 5). Peter Lang Publishing, 1996. ($47.95 at Amazon.com)

Distant Desire focuses on the homoerotic desire coded in all of Forster's novels and illustrates how Forster's aesthetics have been formed by the homoerotic tradition of English Literature. The theme of male friendship occurs in every novel and is connected with the theme of journey. The ideal of male love is conceived as a distant desire. The underlying theme of male friendship in Forster's narratives constantly subverts the conventional, heterosexual plot of the novels.

bullet Bristow, J., ed. E.M. Forster. Longman Higher Education, 2002. (£16.99 at Amazon.co.uk)

Since the emergence in the 1980s of critical methods such as distinctive forms of feminism, post-colonial and antihomorphic criticism, Forster's work has been put under fresh scrutiny. This book brings together critical essays to discuss three issues: the popular image of Forster and an examination of the cultural context of his work; his work's reception in his lifetime; and a sense of how criticism has developed around his work, illustrating the demands it places on a variety of these approaches.

bullet Cavaliero, Glen. Reading of E.M. Forster. Rowman & Litterfield, 1979. ($40.00 at Amazon.com)

bullet Edwards, Mike. E.M. Forster: The Novels. Macmillan Press. 2001. (£37.50 at Amazon.co.uk (hardcover) or £11.50 at Amazon.co.uk (paperback))

This practical approach to E.M. Forster's novels, shows how coherent criticism evolves from close reading of short extracts. The intention is to help students develop confidence in following their own ideas and assimilate skill in analysis. Edwards discusses four of Forster's most commonly studied works: A Room with a View Click here to read the free, unabridged electronic version of _A Room with a View_., Howards End Click here to read the free, unabridged electronic version of _Howards End_., A Passage to India and The Longest Journey Click here to read the free, unabridged electronic version of _The Longest Journey_.. The major part of the book is devoted to sample analyses, with detailed guidance and suggestions for follow up work. There is additional material on Forster's life and work and an introduction to critical treatments of his novels.

bullet Gardner, Philip, ed. E.M. Forster. Routledge, 1997.

These selected sources include contemporary reviews from both popular and literary media. (£100 at Amazon.co.uk)

bullet Land, Stephen K. Challenge and Conventionality in the Fiction of E.M. Forster (Ams Studies in Modern Literature, No 19). Ams Press, 1990. ($37.95 at Amazon.com)

bullet Lavin, Audrey A.P. Aspects of the Novelist : E.M. Forster's Pattern and Rhythm (American University Studies. Series IV, English Language and Literature, Vol 151). Peter Lang Publishing, 1995. ($35.95 at Amazon.com)

bullet Martin, Robert K. and George Piggford, eds. Queer Forster (World of Desire - The Chicago Series on Sexuality, Gender and Culture). Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1997. ($49.00 at Amazon.com, £31.00 at Amazon.co.uk or EUR 59.49 at Amazon.de as hardcover; $17.00 at Amazon.com, £13.50 at Amazon.co.uk or EUR 20.64 at Amazon.de as paperback)

This volume presents a radical revision of gay criticism and focuses on E.M. Forster's place in the emerging field of queer studies. This collection situates Forster within the Bloomsbury Group, and examines his relations with major figures such as Henry James, Edward Carpenter and Virginia Woolf. Particular attention is paid to Forster's several accounts of India and their troubled relation to the British colonial enterprise. Analyzing a wide range of Forster's work, the authors examine material from Forster's undergraduate writings to stories written more than a half-century later. A study of gender in literature, this book brings the terms "queer" and "gay" into conversation, opening up a dialogue on wider dimensions of theory and allowing a revaluation of modernist inventions of sexual identity.

bullet Page, Norman. E.M. Forster. Palgrave, 1993. ($15.95 at Amazon.com)

bullet Scott, P.J.M. E.M. Forster: Our Permanent Contemporary. Vision Press, 1984. (£8.95 at Amazon.co.uk or $46.50 at Amazon.com)

bullet Shusterman, David. Quest for certitude in E.M. Forster's Fiction. Haskell House Publishing, 1965. ($75.00 at Amazon.com)

A study of the motivations behind the work of E. M. Forster. Mr. Shusterman discusses The Longest Journey Click here to read the free, unabridged electronic version of _The Longest Journey_., Where Angels Fear to Tread Click here to read the free, unabridged electronic version of _Where Angels Fear to Tread_., A Room with a View Click here to read the free, unabridged electronic version of _A Room with a View_., Howards End Click here to read the free, unabridged electronic version of _Howards End_., A Passage to India and the short stories.

bullet Singh, Aviar. The Novels of E.M. Forster. Atlantic Publishers & Distributors, 1996. (£14.95 at Amazon.co.uk)

bullet Stape, J.H., Ed. E.M. Forster: Critical Assessments Vols 1-4. Helm Information, 1998. (£325 at Amazon.co.uk)

Part of the "Critical Assessments of Writers in English" series, the aim of which is to provide complete collections of previously published, formative critical assessments covering the whole work of individual writers. The titles should be useful to serious readers of literature, researchers and advanced students. Many of the pieces included were originally published in journals or books which are now out of print or very difficult to obtain. Each set has an authoritative introductory survey, as well as a full bibliography and biographical details. This collection attempts to present as wide a view as possible of the E.M. Forster's work, taking into account biographical, aesthetic and other concerns and, ultimately, allowing the reader to return to the original texts.

bullet Stone, Wilfred Healey. The Cave and the Mountain: A Study of E.M. Forster. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1966. ($65.00 at Amazon.com)

bullet Tambling, Jeremy, ed. E.M. Forster: Contemporary Critical Essays. Macmillan Press, 1995. (£42.50 at Amazon.co.uk (hardcover) or £13.99 at Amazon.co.uk (paperback))

This anthology of essays on E.M. Forster's major novels draws together approaches from many aspects of new critical theory. As well as essays on The Longest Journey Click here to read the free, unabridged electronic version of _The Longest Journey_., A Room With a View Click here to read the free, unabridged electronic version of _A Room with a View_., Maurice, Howards End Click here to read the free, unabridged electronic version of _Howards End_. and A Passage to India, the volume includes a specially-commissioned essay on the recent spate of Forster films. The casebook establishes a new case for Forster as a figure of more than merely conventional interest with a central place in twentieth-century literature.

bullet Tambling, Jeremy, ed. E.M. Forster: Contemporary Critical Essays (New Casebooks). St. Martin's Press, 1995.

The US Edition of the book above. (£45.03 at Amazon.co.uk or $65.00 at Amazon.com)

Historical context

bullet Eldridge, C.C. The Imperial Experience: From Carlyle to Forster. Palgrave, 1996. ($59.95 at Amazon.com)

bullet May, Brian. The Modernist as Pragmatist: E.M. Forster and the Fate of Liberalism. University of Missouri Press, 1997. ($37.50 at Amazon.com)

Specific texts

bullet Davies, Tony and Nigel Wood, eds. A Passage to India. Open University Press, 1994. ($26.95 at Amazon.com)

bullet Duckworth, Alstair M. Howards End Click here to read the free, unabridged electronic version of _Howards End_.: E.M. Forster's House of Fiction (Twayne Materworks Series, No 93). Twayne Publishing, 1992. ($19.00 at Amazon.com)

bullet Ganguly, Adwaita P. India : Mystic, Complex and Real : A Detailed Study of E.M. Forster's a Passage to India : His Treatment of India's Landscape, History, Social Anthropology, Religion, Philosophy, Music and Art. Motilal Banarsidass Publishing, 1990. ($37.00 at Amazon.com)

bullet Jay, Betty, ed. Icon Critical Guide: E.M. Forster's A Passage to India. Icon Books, 1998. (£7.99/6.39 at Amazon.co.uk)

bullet Messenger, Nigel. How to Study an E.M. Forster Novel. Macmillan Press, 1991. (£10.99 at Amazon.co.uk)

Bibliographies

bullet McDowell, Frederick P.W. E.M. Forster: An Annotated Bibliography of Writings About Him. Northern Illinois University Press, 1977. ($55.00 at Amazon.com)


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