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?



In February 1966 he was thinking about why he stopped writing fiction. In a letter to the literary critic Wilfred Stone, he addressed the 'very reasonable question’: 'Why did I stop writing fiction after The Passage [to India] came out?’ He wrote that despite 'racking my brains’, he could not think of an answer, except that 'the fictional part of me dried up’. His activities in wartime propaganda, he thought, suggested that his creative side didn’t lapse entirely. (Source: Selected Letters of E.M. Forster, ed. Mary Lago and P.N. Furbank (London: Collins, 1983-1985), letter of 18 February 1966)

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