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Forster, Edward Morgan

Born: 1879 AD
Died: 1970 AD
Nationality: British
Categories: Novelists

1879 – Born in London on the 1st of January.

1897-1901 – He became a member of the Apostles, a discussion society.

1905 – His first novel, Where Angels Fear to Tread, is the story of Lilia, a young English widow who falls in love with an Italian, and of the efforts of her bourgeois relatives to get her back from Monteriano.

1907 –  Forster published The Longest Journey, an inverted bildungsroman following the lame Rickie Elliott from Cambridge to a career as a struggling writer and then a schoolmaster, married to the unappetising Agnes Pembroke.

1908 – Forster’s third novel, A Room with a View is his lightest and most optimistic.

1914 – He traveled in Egypt, Germany and India with the classicist Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinsoin.

1916-1917 – Doing war work for the Red Cross in Egypt, in the winter, he met in Alexandria a tram conductor, Mohammed el-Adl, a youth of seventeen with whom he fell in love and who was to become one of the principal inspirations for his literary work.

1920 – He spent a second spell in India as the private secretary to the Maharajah of Dewas.

1930 – Forster became a successful broadcaster on BBC Radio, and became a public figure associated with the British Humanist Association.

1937 – Forster was awarded a Benson Medal.

1969 – He was made a member of the Order of Merit.

1924 – Forster achieved his greatest success with A Passage to India.

1970 – Died on the 7th of June.