Spring 1942 • Vol. IV No. 2 Nonfiction |

E. M. Forster

… the word BARACH, say the learned, is both to bless and curse. —Dryden. M. Forster is for me the only living novelist who can be read again and again and who, at each reading, gives me what few novelists can give us after our first days of novel—reading, the sensation of having "learned" something. I have wanted for a long time to express my admiration of him but it was not until now that the opportunity occurred; the delay seems to me fortunate—Forster's bright, modest, stubborn mind is, I think, peculiarly useful as we face the trials of war. In America Forster has never established a great reputation. Perhaps his readers are more numerous than I suppose, but at best they make a quiet band, and his novels—excepting A Passage to India and that for possibly fortuitous reasons—are still esoteric with us. In England, although scarcely a popular writer, he is widely known and highly regarded; still, it is not at all certain whether even in England he is properly r

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Lionel Trilling (1905-1975) was an American literary critic, author, and University Professor at Columbia University. Among the most influential of his many works are two collections of essays, The Liberal Imagination and The Opposing Self; a critical study of E. M. Forster; and one novel, The Middle of the Journey.

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