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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Edinburgh and London: William Blackwood and Sons, 1905. [Romantic Literature] FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE, ASSOCIATION COPY. Octavo (20 x 14cm), pp. 319 . Publisher's blue cloth with titles in gilt to spine and black to upper. Brown-coated endpapers. A couple of creases to fly-leaf. Toned throughout, with a tobacco scent.....
London: Edward Arnold and Co., 1956. [English Literature] FIRST EDITION. Octavo (22 x 15cm), pp.viii; 301; , blank. 2000 copies only. Publisher's blue cloth lettered in gilt, illustrated dust-wrapper priced at 21s. Spine a little toned, slightly pushed to crown, one or two small nicks. Overall a near fine, fresh.....