Saturday, June 07, 2008

E. M. Forster

Today is the anniversary of the death in 1970 of author E. M. Forster. I do not think of this author as a contemporary, but he died not long before I started high school and that gives me a definite overlap with him. Best known for A Passage to India, A Room with a View and Howard's End, he also wrote short stories that dealt with science fictional or supernatural themes. Two short story collections are The Celestial Omnibus and Other Stories and The Eternal Moment and Other Stories. I read The Machine Stops from the latter collection and watched the one-hour tv show based on it about a year ago. He did not limit his writing to fiction, and among his other works are three books of travel writings. Some of his works are available online here . There is a short biography here.

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