Books: Untidy Old Bird

Two CHEERS FOR DEMOCRACY (363 pp.) —E. M. Forsfer—Harcourf, Brace ($4).

As any visitor to the untidy London flat might guess, it houses an old bachelor. In the sitting room, a hastily thrown coverlet drapes an obviously unmade bed. A litter of books, manuscripts and knick-knacks lines walls and floors like the twigs of a nest. Amiably at home in this cozy mess flutters a rare old bird, the dean of English letters, Edward Morgan Forster.

Seventy-two-year-old E. M. Forster is almost as rumpled and untidy as his rooms. The tweeds he wears are...

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