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This engaging summary presents an analysis of A Passage to India by E. M. Forster, which dramatizes the relationship between the colonisers and the locals in early 20th-century Anglo-India. The latent tensions between the two communities come to a head when a respected Indian doctor is accused of assaulting a young British woman, who had previously befriended him out of a desire to see the “real India”. A Passage to India is widely considered to be among Forster’s greatest achievements; he is also known for his novels Where Angels Fear to Tread, A Room with a View and Howards End.
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ENGLISH NOVELISTBorn in London in 1879.Died in Coventry in 1970.Notable works:A Room with a View (1908), novelAspects of the Novel (1927), literary criticismThe Hill of Devi (1953), travel memoir
Edward Morgan Forster wrote six novels and several other works of fiction and non-fiction in his lifetime. He became financially independent at an early age due to a large inheritance. In 1907, he tutored Syed Ross Mahood, who became his lifelong friend and whom A Passage to India is dedicated to. He is believed to have been in love with Mahood, a feeling that was not reciprocated. Forster always remained quiet about his homosexuality. In 1913-14, he wrote a book about a gay couple, Maurice, which during his lifetime was circulated only among a selected group of friends, including the members of the Bloomsbury Group (a group of modernist writers and intellectuals in Bloomsbury, London, whose most prominent members included Virginia Woolf and D. H. Lawrence). He requested that the book be published posthumously, in 1971.
Forster undertook two journeys to India, in 1912 and 1921, which served as inspiration for A Passage to India. His last work of fiction during his lifetime, the short story collection The Eternal Moment, was published in 1928. After that, he continued to give lectures and publish works of non-fiction, such as biographies, literary criticism and collections of essays. Forster’s humanist and anti-nationalist sentiments are reflected in his literary works.
A CRITICAL ENGAGEMENT WITH THE BRITISH IMPERIAL RULE IN INDIAGenre: novelReference edition: Forster, E. M. (2005) A Passage to India. London: Penguin Books.1stedition: 1924Themes: British imperialism, politics, postcolonialism, colonial rule, Anglo-Indian relationships, power structures, religion
A Passage to India is a highly political novel. Among the themes and topics Forster explores are the divide between East and West, British racism, religious tensions within the Indian community, Anglo-Indian political structures and “the emotional deficiencies of the English middleclass character” (Mishra, 2005: xviii). A Passage to India
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