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 May 1917 he was thinking about love, and fear. In a latter to his confidante Florence Barger, sent from Alexandria in Egypt, he described how he had started 'an anxious but very beautiful affair’. He told her that he was glad he 'took the plunge’, because 'if you pass life by it’s jolly well going to pass you by in the future’. He noted that the decision had not frightened him, although he felt that 'if you’re frightened it’s all right – that’s no harm; fear is an emotion’. (Source: Selected Letters of E.M. Forster, ed. Mary Lago and P.N. Furbank (London: Collins, 1983-1985), letter of 29 May 1917)

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