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E M Forster COLLECTED SHORT STORIES First Edition Penguin

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First Penguin edition, first print paperback of COLLECTED SHORT STORIES by E. M. Forster, published by Penguin Books Ltd., London, in 1954. First published as a collection in 1947.

The book is in very good condition with only slight wear (very light rubbing to edges around the spine, and some tanning to the covers and the pages). Internally, the pages are clean and tight with no tears and no inscriptions.

Edward Morgan Forster was born on January 1, 1879, in London, England. He never knew his father, who died when Forster was an infant. Forster graduated from King's College, Cambridge, with B.A. degrees in classics (1900) and history (1901), as well as an M.A. (1910). In the mid-1940s he returned to Cambridge as a professor, living quietly there until his death in 1970. Forster was named to the Order of Companions of Honor to the Queen in 1953. Forster's writing was extensively influenced by the traveling he did in the earlier part of his life.

After graduating from Cambridge, he lived in both Greece and Italy, and used the latter as the setting for the novels Where Angels Fear to Tread (1905) and A Room with a View (1908). The Longest Journey was published in 1907. Howard's End was modeled on the house he lived in with his mother during his childhood. During World War I, he worked as a Red Cross Volunteer in Alexandria, aiding in the search for missing soldiers; he later wrote about these experiences in the nonfiction works Alexandria: A History and Guide and Pharos and Pharillon.

His two journeys to India, in 1912 and 1922, resulted in A Passage to India (1924), which many consider to be Forster's best work; this title earned the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. Forster wrote only six novels, all prior to 1925 (although Maurice was not published until 1971, a year after Forster's death, probably because of its homosexual theme). For much of the rest of his life, he wrote literary criticism (Aspects of the Novel) and nonfiction, including biographies (Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson), histories, political pieces, and radio broadcasts. Howard's End, A Room with a View, and A Passage to India have all been made into successful films.

"All the stories in this book were written before the First World War, and were originally published in two volumes, the Celestial Omnibus in 1911, and The Eternal Moment in 1928. Although they are fantasies, and more lighthearted than the major novels like A Passage to India and Howard's End, behind their amusing comedy are glimpses of profound themes.

The Machine Stops is described by the author 'as a reaction to one of the earlier heavens of H.G. Wells.' Many of the stories express an instinctive belief in the force of Nature. There is a charming skit debunking 'Progress', and another which shows what a true appreciation of literature really means. And, above all, while unmercifully disposing of meaningless social conventions, these masterpieces of irony are full of a trust in human values which is almost unknown today."

Contents include: The Story of a Panic; The Other Side of the Hedge; The Celestial Omnibus; Other Kingdom; The Curate's Friend; The Road from Colonus; The Machine Stops; The Point of It; Mr. Andrews; Co-ordinator; The Story of the Siren; and The Eternal Moment.

221 pages.

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