First things first:
Q. What does E M stand for?
A. Edward Morgan
E M Forster was another one of the Bloomsbury ‘writers’, alongside Lytton Strachey and Virginia. ‘Writer’ doesn’t do him justice though. He was one of the leading English writers of the 20th century; a novelist, essayist, a social and literary critic and he lectured on literature at Cambridge University.
Although he was never a full ‘Bloom’ he related to the group because he was on the same page regarding non-conformity, the importance of personal relations and the dislike of old fashioned Victorian views.
Both Forster’s parents died in his childhood and he was left with an inheritance of £8,000 (about £750k today). This money allowed him to be a writer.
The Schlegel sisters of Howards End (note, no apostrophe) are based to some degree on Vanessa and Virginia Stephens. This novel deals with the antagonism between two families, one interested in literature and art and the other in business. Looks like I need to add this to my reading list.
Forster declined a knighthood in 1949.
His five famous novels: I bet you have heard of at least four of them.
Where Angels Fear to Tread (1905)
The Longest Journey (1907)
A Room with a View (1908)
Howards End (1910)
A Passage to India (1924)