Friday, 1 January 2010

On this day...

English short story writer and novelist E.M. Forster was born today in 1970. Unlike most writers, who usually require a profession before they can support themselves in their literary career, Forster already had an £8,000 inheritance and so was immediately able to establish himself as a writer. His passion for literature and intellect, though mocked in his younger days, found companionship in Cambridge, where he joined the 'Bloomsbury Set' alongside fellow writer Virginia Woolf. During the following years, Forster traveled widely, visiting Greece, Italy and India, later serving in Egypt with the Red Cross. Such travels were the inspiration for many of his more famous works, such as 'A Passage to India' and 'Where Angels Fear to Tread'. He also explored themes of class and gender division in novels such as 'A Room with a View' and 'Howard's End'. Forster is noted for his contribution to modernism.

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