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A Great Unrecorded History

A New Life of E. M. Forster
Moffat, Wendy, 1949- (Book - 2010 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
A Great Unrecorded History


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Baker & Taylor
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.

McMillan Palgrave
A REVELATORY LOOK AT THE INTIMATE LIFE OF THE GREAT AUTHOR—AND HOW IT SHAPED HIS MOST BE LOVED WORKS

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.


Baker
& Taylor

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.

Authors: Moffat, Wendy, 1949-
Statement of Responsibility: Wendy Moffat
Title: A great unrecorded history
a new life of E. M. Forster
Publisher: New York :, Farrar, Straus and Giroux,, 2010
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 404 p., [16] p. of plates :,ill. ;,24 cm.
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In a 2010 Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews said: "A buoyant, expressive biography of British novelist E.M. Forster (1879–1970), whose homosexuality had a profound effect on his literary output and career... Though the author examines the sex life of Forster, it isn't her intent to arouse prurient interest or to grind political axes. Exhaustively researched and engagingly written, this sexual-literary biography builds a convincing case that until one comes to terms with Forster's homosexuality, which he long had difficulty coming to terms with himself, it is impossible to come to terms with his work... An empathic, highly informative celebration of the legacy of a profoundly decent but decidedly imperfect man who considered himself "the outsidest of outsiders."

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