People: Jan. 10, 1964

"The only thing that cuts a little ice," E. M. Forster once wrote, "is affection or the possibility of affection." When his 85th birthday rolled around on New Year's Day, the author of A Passage to India eschewed any public remembrances or large party, instead spent the holidays with Robert Buckingham, 40, a Coventry probation officer. The two met when Buckingham was ten and have been fast friends ever since. "I spent a very quiet day on my birthday with him, his wife and their three children," said the gentle, aging bachelor. "I suppose...

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