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He feels that the immediate past 'is like a stuffy room, and the succeeding generations waste their time in trying to tolerate it. '6 Already there may be people who feel that way about his own work. The cheerful free-wheeling of Forster's approach offers its own kind of challenge to the standards of today, especially at a time when the various critical schools mask so many different ideologies. But Forster belongs to a literary tradition that was not afraid to confess to personal preference. ' ...

While pursuing his ideals single-mindedly, he never disowned his origins or background. Both books are works of piety, and throw almost as much light upon their author as they do upon their subjects. l But, although a good biography, it is not quite the masterpiece that W. H. Auden made it out to be. 2 By omitting (inevitably at the time - 1934) any mention of its subject's homosexuality, it fails to conform to the exhaustive standards demanded nowadays; nor indeed did it meet Forster's own. He was to cite H.

The supernatural theme has been made a vehicle for comment on the outlook of the pseudoculture of the tourist mentality and on the alienating effects of a socially rigid and imaginatively limited way of life. Harold, first of Forster's athletes, is also the first of his victims. The visitation 44 A Reading of E. M. Forster itself is ambiguous, for its destructive nature is really the result of the rest of the party's rejection of it. Tommy, the narrator, who is Harold's friend, remarks at the end that 'the greater has replaced the less, and he is living the life he knew to be greater than the life he lived with us'.

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