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A PASSAGE TO INDIA — E. M. Forsfer —Harcourt, Brace ($2.50).

By 1913 Novelist Edward Morgan Forster had written three books, brilliant, brittle as spun glass and about as nourishing as popcorn. Then he went to India with a Cambridge don, Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson, his friend and spiritual mentor.

In their months in India there were two high moments for the young, hero-worshipping Forster. They dined at the mess of the Royal West Kents at the Khyber Pass. The young officers in their bright uniforms got pleasantly drunk, asked each other: "I say, will...

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