A Great Unrecorded History
A New Life of E. M. Forster
Drawing on first-time interviews with E. M. Forster's friends, the author integrates Forster's public and private lives, shining a light on his life through the lens of his homosexuality, in a biography that invites readers to see Forster, and modern gay history, from a completely new angle.
With the posthumous publication of his long-suppressed novel Maurice in 1970, E. M. Forster came out as a homosexual— though that revelation made barely a ripple in his literary reputation. As Wendy Moffat persuasively argues in A Great Unrecorded History, Forster’s homosexuality was the central fact of his life. Between Wilde’s imprisonment and the Stonewall riots, Forster led a long, strange, and imaginative life as a gay man. He preserved a vast archive of his private life—a history of gay experience he believed would find its audience in a happier time.
A Great Unrecorded History is a biography of the heart. Moffat’s decade of detective work—including first-time interviews with Forster’s friends—has resulted in the first book to integrate Forster’s public and private lives. Seeing his life through the lens of his sexuality offers us a radically new view—revealing his astuteness as a social critic, his political bravery, and his prophetic vision of gay intimacy. A Great Unrecorded History invites us to see Forster— and modern gay history—from a completely new angle.
In a book that draws on first-time interviews with E. M. Forster's friends, the author integrates Forster's public and private lives, shining a light on his life through the lens of his homosexuality, in a biography that invites readers to see Forster, and modern gay history, from a completely new angle.
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