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Edward Morgan Forster

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Edward Morgan Foster

“Everywhere that Forster sees creed overtaking honor or role suppressing man, he is ready to take the issue; that means using his pervasive weapon, irony.” -Mike Edwards

Edward Morgan Foster was born in January 1879 in London and was the only child of Edward Morgan Llewellyn Foster, who worked as an architect and Alice Clara Lily; he was raised in an upper-middle-class family. His childhood was denoted by his close relation with several women because his father died before he even got one year of life. Forster first attended to Tonbridge school which he disliked and then he moved to King’s College in Cambridge from 1897 to 1901, where he dedicated his studies on philosophy, literature and history and finally graduating with a degree in Classics. After some time, he became a member of the Cambridge Apostles, they were a group who discussed society seeped in philosophical skepticism that shaped Forster’s liberalist influences and led him to question, and later lose his Christian faith. The biggest influences that Forster had received in that society were Sir James Frazer, Goldsworthy, Lowes Dickinson. After graduating, he started his career as a writer, his novels boarding the themes about the varying social circumstances of that time. After he left Cambridge, Forster traveled around Europe in countries like Greece and Italy, where he got his inspiration for his first two litetary works, that were two novels: Where Angels Fear to Tread (1905), where he showed his concern that people needed to stay in close contact with their roots and, A Room with a View (1908), that represent a life unrestrained by the strict laws of society. He also visited India and Egypt this experiences would mold his cosmopolitanism and his growing interest in foreign cultures, on his return to England he published articles and stories in the Independent Review and kept contact with the lively intellectual circle of friends he had made at university, simultaneously...