Source: Zimmermann, Heiko, ed.  Aspects of E.M. Forster.  1 Mar. 2000 - 23 Jan. 2019. 23 Jan. 2019 <>.

Message Board

Forster v. Whitman

Posted by Jonathan M ( on 21:16:23 25/06/02

I am a student doing a paper and was wondering whether anyone has any information on Forster's "A Passage to India" as a response to Whitman's "Passage to India". I need to right a paper on this subject, and I need more information than similarities in the titles! Thanks for help.


Posted by Helena ( on :10:19:53 26/06/02

Hi Jonathan,
See also below at the posting that is called 'The meaning of the title A Passage to India'. I can add to it that Forster did NOT choose the title merely because he liked it (as I say below); that was a factor only. However, he rather thought of it afterwards, so it was rather that he saw after he had finished the novel that there were similarities - it was no response at all!


Email (optional):




Please type in this code: cc35

Main Board

[This is the printer-friendly version of a document at Aspects of E. M. Forster. Click here to return to the standard version at ?t=thread&pic=&thread=74.]