What Was Forster Thinking About This Week?

E.M. Forster's letters range across numerous subjects - his day-to-day experiences and attitudes, the books he wrote and read, the times he lived in. By sifting through these, undergraduate Colette Sensier and the Cambridge Authors team have put together an unusual virtual diary of what was on Forster's mind at different times of the year. On this page you'll find what he was thinking this week; and this will change regularly. If you wish, you can receive these updates, approximately once a week, by e-mail. Just enter your email address in the box below to receive your own 'Forster's Thought for the Week'. A great variety of thought-provoking material will come through - sometimes sad, sometimes serious, sometimes quirky and even a little objectionable. Do you see things the same way he did?

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WHAT WAS FORSTER THINKING ABOUT THIS WEEK?

In November 1910 he was thinking about success. In a letter to Syed Ross Masood, a former pupil he fell in love with, he passed on the news that Howard’s End was 'selling so well that I shall probably make enough money by it to come to India’. Editions in America and Canada, and a French translation, were to follow. Forster was wary of seeming boastful: 'I do not tell most people this because they would think I was bragging, but I know that you will understand, and feel what I feel.’ (Source: Selected Letters of E.M. Forster, ed. Mary Lago and P.N. Furbank (London: Collins, 1983-1985), letter of 21 November 1910)


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