E. M. Forster (Edward Morgan Forster) | First Editions
1879 - 1970
Edward Morgan Forster OM CH (1 January 1879 – 7 June 1970) was an English novelist, short story writer, essayist and librettist. He is known best for his ironic and well-plotted novels examining class difference and hypocrisy in early 20th-century British society. His 1908 novel, A Room with a View, is his most optimistic work, while A Passage to India (1924) brought him his greatest success. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 13 different years.
In the 1930s and 1940s Forster became a successful broadcaster on BBC Radio and a public figure associated with the Union of Ethical Societies. His weekly book review during the war was commissioned by George Orwell, who was the talks producer at the Indian Section of the BBC from 1941 to 1943. He was awarded a Benson Medal in 1937. Moreover, in January 1946, Forster was elected an honorary fellow of King's College, Cambridge.
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London: Collins and Harvill Press, 1962. [Literature in translation]. FIRST UK EDITION. Octavo (22 x 15cm), pp.128. Bound in publisher's blue cloth, with titles in gilt to spine, khaki endpapers, pictorial dust-wrapper with artwork by Charles Gorham. A very good copy with a few small chips and rubs to the jacket.
London: Arnold, 1936. First Edition, First Issue, with the article 'A Flood In The Office' present, which was subsequently removed. 8vo, pp. (viii) + 351. Bookplate. Near fine publisher's blue cloth with gilt titles to spine in a very good dustwrapper showing light soiling and minimal creases. Becoming scarce in...
Cambridge, at the University Press, 1942. FIRST EDITION. Octavo (19 x 13cm), pp.28. Publisher's beige paper self wraps. A little spotting to covers, splashmark to lower panel; very good E. M. Forster was awarded the 1924 James Tait Black Memorial Prize, founded in memory of a partner in the publishing...