Books: Aspects ofjhe Novelist

His enduring fame illustrated some upside-down law of literary reputations. His first novel (Where Angels Fear to Tread) appeared only four years after the death of Queen Victoria. A Passage to India, his last and most famous, was written in 1924. Though in later years he wrote essays and criticism, there were only five novels all together. Yet when E.M. Forster died last week at 91. he had been for half a century England's most elusive and illustrious man of prose letters. It is still almost impossible to talk about the modern novel without mentioning his name.

Literary scholarship—which Forster loathed because...

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