English novelist E.M. Forster only published five novels in his lifetime. Even though his bibliography is limited in size Forster managed to envelope his well-plotted novels in irony that exposed the rampant hypocrisy in early-20th century British society.
Throughout Forster’s novels several key themes can be found, which reflect his personal challenges and experiences, such as his own homosexuality, interest in humanism and attachments to mysticism and symbology.
Much of Forster’s popularity and fame in the U.S. can be attributed to New York literary critic Lionel Trilling’s 1943 study about the author. Trilling inspired many readers to get to know Forster through his works, which helped created new generations of fans, as well as inspire several motion pictures of his novels.
Forster became a successful broadcaster on BBC Radio in the 1930s and 1940s. He lived most of his life with his mother and developed a long lasting and loving relationship with a married policeman, Bob Buckingham. Forster received several honors and medals, including declining a knighthood in 1949.
For anyone who hasn’t had the pleasure of reading Forster’s novels we’re sharing download links to his books below. As always, all books are believed to be in the public domain.
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