Books: Fables In Fantasy

THE COLLECTED TALES OF E. M. FORSTER (308 pp.)—Knopf ($2.75).

Few men have won so big a reputation on so small a body of work as Edward Morgan Forster (rhymes with divorced-her). Often described as England's foremost living novelist, he hasn't written a novel since A Passage to India (1924). The four other novels he wrote earlier, all fairly short ones, came in a feverish burst of activity—for him—between 1905 and 1910. The rest of his fiction includes only a dozen short stories, written before World War I and long out of print in the U.S. They have now been collected in...

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