The Creator as Critic and Other Writings by E.M. Forster

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Dundurn, 2008 - Literary Collections - 814 pages
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E.M. Forster, whose novels A Room with a View, Howards End, and A Passage to India probe the values of the English middle class, is recognized as one of the twentieth century's most distinguished authors. He was also a highly respected literary critic. The Creator as Critic contains more than 40 of Forster's hitherto-unpublished essays, lectures, and memoirs, spanning the period 1898 to 1960. They reflect his views on a wide range of authors: Coleridge, Tolstoy, Pater, Wilde, James, Hardy, Butler, Housman, Kipling, Joyce, Lawrence, Proust, Cavafy, and others.

The Creator as Critic also presents the original texts of some 30 broadcasts made by Forster for the BBC between 1928 and 1959. These radio talks, collected for the first time in this volume, are the thoughtful and thought-provoking products of Forster's active engagement with the literary, political, and social events of his time.

  

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Contents

Preface
9
Explanatory Note
19
The Poems of Kipling
26
A Roman Society
41
Walter Pater
50
English Literature since the War
56
The Creator as Critic
64
Three Generations
99
Efficiency and Liberty
244
Books of 1939
250
Dos Passos Steinbeck and Others
258
Story by Five Authors
264
Islam Today Lord David Cecil on Thomas Hardy
270
A Book that Influenced Me
278
Moon Weston Anand Orwell and Others
284
Edward Carpenter
290

A Surrey Ramble Part I
108
Modern Writing
120
The Last Moment of Life
130
The Relation of Dryden to Milton and Pope
139
The Novelists of the Eighteenth Century and Their Influence
150
Pagus Quidam
171
Luigi Cornaro
178
Loch Meikle
187
Swimming in the Sea
197
Points de repère
204
Death ofa Clock
211
Railway Bridges
219
A Conversation in the Train
227
The Future of Broadcasting Strachey Capek and Others
236
Stoll Dickinson Iqbal and Others
303
Speak for Myself
310
Power and Authority
316
A Note on the Page and Line References
322
Introduction
529
Introduction
626
Poems
724
Pater Novalis Forster
742
The Whole Truth
756
The Two Cheersfor Democracy Broadcasts
764
Bibliography
775
Index
783
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About the author (2008)

Jeffrey M. Heath is the author of The Picturesque Prison: Evelyn Waugh and His Writing. He co-edited the University of Toronto's Modern Drama and has written extensively on E.M. Forster.

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