A Passage to India by E. M Forster

A Passage to India by E. M Forster

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British Raj


Historical Fiction

Social Critique

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Already an established author for two decades, E. M. Forster published A Passage To India in 1927 and cemented his legacy as one of the greatest writers of the 20th century. A Passage To India revolves around four characters—three British and one Indian—and their interactions (and conflicts) amidst the height of the British colonial era.

Forster sought to explore the stereotyping that accompanies colonialist thought, and in doing so was accused of portraying "inappropriate friendships between colonizers and the colonized." Later critiques of his work also note the prevalence of sexism, so it rings true what was said of Forster by Lionel Trilling: "[Forster is] the only living novelist who can be read again and again and who, after each reading, gives me what few writers can give us after our first days of novel-reading, the sensation of having learned something." (Trilling 1943)