The Life to Come and Other Stories

The Life to Come and Other Stories

E.M. Forster / Feb 21, 2020

The Life to Come and Other Stories The fourteen stories in this book span six decades from to or even later and represent every phase of Forster s career as a writer Only two have ever been published and those only in magazi

  • Title: The Life to Come and Other Stories
  • Author: E.M. Forster
  • ISBN: 9780393304428
  • Page: 207
  • Format: Paperback
  • The fourteen stories in this book span six decades from 1903 to 1957 or even later and represent every phase of Forster s career as a writer Only two have ever been published, and those only in magazines to which few people have easy access Two very different reasons caused the other twelve to remain unpublished in Forster s lifetime One was his diffidence, which in hiThe fourteen stories in this book span six decades from 1903 to 1957 or even later and represent every phase of Forster s career as a writer Only two have ever been published, and those only in magazines to which few people have easy access Two very different reasons caused the other twelve to remain unpublished in Forster s lifetime One was his diffidence, which in his earlier years led him to belittle work that had failed to find immediate acceptance There are four such stories in this volume, and it is hard, today, to understand why they were rejected by the same editors who were publishing his other early work The remaining stories were disbarred from publication by their overtly homosexual themes instead they were shown to an appreciative circle of friends and fellow writers, including Christopher Isherwood, Siegfried Sassoon, Lytton Strachey, and T E Lawrence, who considered one story the most powerful thing I have ever read The stories differ widely One is a cheerful political satire another has, most unusually for Forster, a historical setting a third is the fictional equivalent of one of those comic picture postcards that so delighted George Orwell Others give serious and powerful expression to some of Forster s profoundest concerns The significance of these stories in relation to Forster s famous abandonment of the novel is discussed by Oliver Stallybrass in his introduction These stories are often brilliant, aware both of the strictly contemporarye contrast between Greek and Christian between Goth and Christian between spontaneity and duty in matters sensual and instinctive In short, they bring up all Forster s usual preoccupations and at the same time orchestrate the new song and play it loud and clear World From the dust jacket flap

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      • E.M. Forster

        Edward Morgan Forster, generally published as E.M Forster, was an novelist, essayist, and short story writer He is known best for his ironic and well plotted novels examining class difference and hypocrisy in early 20th century British society His humanistic impulse toward understanding and sympathy may be aptly summed up in the epigraph to his 1910 novel Howards End Only connect.He had five novels published in his lifetime, achieving his greatest success with A Passage to India 1924 which takes as its subject the relationship between East and West, seen through the lens of India in the later days of the British Raj Forster s views as a secular humanist are at the heart of his work, which often depicts the pursuit of personal connections in spite of the restrictions of contemporary society He is noted for his use of symbolism as a technique in his novels, and he has been criticised for his attachment to mysticism His other works include Where Angels Fear to Tread 1905 , The Longest Journey 1907 , A Room with a View 1908 and Maurice 1971 , his posthumously published novel which tells of the coming of age of an explicitly gay male character.


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    1. E.M. Forster is largely remembered as an Edwardian novelist, essayist, and short story writer. His ironic and well-plotted novels examine class difference and hypocrisy in early 20th-century British society. They are novels of manners depicting British morality and Edwardian society. Five major novels remain popular, but another, "Maurice", was never published during his lifetime because of its homosexual content. It was eventually posthumously published in 1971. This review concerns a number of [...]


    2. When English novelist E. M. Forster died in 1970 at the age of 91 he left behind a large amount of unpublished materials. The reasons for this are simple: either they were not deemed of sufficient quality or they contained sexual content that he felt could not be published during his lifetime. The most important of these works was his fully completed novel Maurice, which many, myself included, believe is his best novel—it's his most honest, least contrived, not as overwritten.Shortly after Mau [...]


    3. (Warning: this book seems to have evoked my inner analytical writing nerd. Sorry.) Forster's subtle social commentaries tend to blow right over my head, and since subtle social commentary is basically the point of his writing, I tend to have a mixed relationship with it. This is a weirdly compelling collection of mostly-formerly-unpublished stories, though, in large part because it's such an incredibly mixed bag. The first section is made up of very early works, which consistently fall somewhere [...]


    4. I have a love/hate relationship with E.M. Forster. I have suffered through some works, only to fall head over heels for the next one I read! His voice ranges widely, from depressing and nihilistic to uplifting and romantic. Like every writer, E.M. Forster is at his best when focusing on subjects personal to him, such as the love and affection between men. These are an absolute pleasure to read, examples being "The Life to Come," "Dr Woolacott", "Arthur Snatchfold", and "The Other Boat." This col [...]


    5. this is a great book if you love the craft of forster. the stories in this are short enough to read on the bus, but written in the same style and with as much care as his novels. each one is a perfect little package.


    6. I think on the whole, E.M. Forster wasa definitely better at writing novels than at writing short stories. I very much enjoyed "The Purple Letter" and "Dr Woolacott", but many of the others just didn't really hold my attention. It's still worth a read though.


    7. All unpublished in his lifetime most of the stories in this volume were withheld from publication by E M Forster due to their homosexual subject matter - some are quite slight and most definitely 'entertainments' in the manner of Saki, etc though deftly written. A few don't work - probably as the editor suggested that Forster never worked them up sufficiently to a fully-formed version.However, there are three stories - 'The Life To Come', 'Arthur Snatchfold' and 'The Other Boat' - that are aston [...]



    8. Un amore omosessuale tra un missionario cristiano inglese e un capo di una tribù africana non meglio localizzata. Un amore che distrugge tutti gli stereotipi e i tabù possibili e immaginabili, ma che alla fine porta alla morte entrambi i protagonisti, perché tutto ciò che viene represso e vietato dalle convenzioni sociali e dalle costruzioni religiose e/o culturali diviene possibile solo nell'aldilà, nella "Vita che Verrà" appunto.Ma quanto si starebbe meglio se si liberassero gli impulsi [...]



    9. Like many great writers, E.M. Forster is not well-remembered for his short stories, but he was a master of the format. Two stories in this collection were published during his lifetime; the others were suppressed per his own request, although he showed some of them to fellow writers. His great novel Maurice was also suppressed for the same reason as this collection: the homosexual content. If I recall, Forster indicated that they should be published 50 years after his death. But enough backstory [...]


    10. In these glimpses through the window into Edwardian and post-war restrictions on homosexuality, much of them still chillingly relevant to our times, E.M. Forster recreates his own inner life - and that of gay men everywhere.Where his living, breathing gay protagonists meet allegorical endings in Classical juxtapositions, Forster was simply staying the hand of damnation he witnessed in the shadow of the Oscar Wilde trials, keeping these men safe in another place and time.Any writer doing that, an [...]


    11. Since "Maurice" - the most precious and beloved above all novels I've ever read, I literally became obsessed with Forster and his writing. And after "Maurice" nothing could satisfy that craving of mine for something exactly like "Maurice" yet something different.At last! I have it. The essence of the "darkest corners" of E.M.Forster's soul (certainly I mean his homosexual short stories). And at last - I am able to appreciate and admire his genius when it is revealed without reserve or restraint. [...]


    12. This is the first work of Forster's that I've laid eyes on and It certainly wont be the last. I had to read two of the stories, the tragic "Arthur Snatchfold" and the funny "the classical Annex" for my Gay/lesbian literature class, but I ended up reading the rest of the collection once the semester was over. The two previously mentioned are certainly an example of the best and my personal favorites, in the batch of favorites I would also include "The Obelisk", another humorous story well worth t [...]


    13. This is a rather varied collection of short stories. Some are very funny, witty and keep you guessing to the lasts line. Others are poignant, brutal and heart wrenching with an echo of social injustice from the time that's painful to read. Much like Maurice (if only in this one respect) many of these couldn't be published due to their homosexual themes within the author's lifetime.Having been written over a long period of time and covering such a wide scope of subject matters I'm impressed at ho [...]


    14. I decided to read this book because I simply fell in love with “Maurice” by E.M. Forster and this is a compilation of many of his short stories that were only published after his death, many of them dealing with love between men. Once again Forster shares with the reader the complicated world inhabited by gay men in the early 20th century and although several stories get to the core of the tenuous nature of those relationships it is evident that Forster finds better voice in fully fledged no [...]


    15. Most of these pieces were not published in Forster's lifetime; most of these stories, along with the novel "Maurice" were considered unpublishable because of the homosexual content. The gay content is very understated by today's standards and therefore achieves the appearance of great restraint. Many of the stories contain interracial pairings, which would have been considered even more shocking than partnering outside your class (such as having it off with the undergamekeeper, as in Maurice). T [...]


    16. Few of these short stories were published during Forster's lifetime, mostly because they contain scenes about gay men so he didn't think they were acceptable at the time. And sadly he was probably right. It was interesting to read what Forster was writing following A Passage to India, which I studied at school and loved, and also to consider what kind of future career he might have had if he'd been living today. The stories did get a bit same-y after a while but his writing style is always elega [...]


    17. I love E.M. Forster and this was an exciting find in a dark corner of a used book store. I'm not typically a fan of short stories, but once I got into the groove with this collection, I really enjoyed myself. I found myself quite surprised and amused by how explicit the later chapters are. I loved Maurice, and I'm delighted to walk even further down that path with Forster. My far and away favorite is The Other Boat. What a sublimely sad and potent story. A fantastic read and highly recommended t [...]


    18. As with all collections of short stories, there will be favorites. I particularly enjoyed "The Helping Hand" and found "The Rock" gave me something to think about.Neither of these two fit with E.M.'s recurrent theme that homosexual acts should be regarded as fun and consequence-free. (He meant socially, not disease-wise. He didn't address the latter.) It is interesting to read the stories he constructed to convey this message.But E. wasn't just about that. His final story, written in collaborati [...]


    19. Beautifully written, the stories begin coyly, the gay subtext well hidden. Written at different points throughout Forster's life, the writing gradually becomes bolder. There are recurring themes of longing, of confusion and betrayal. 'The Classical Annex' is completely bobbins; I'm not quite sure what Forster was aiming for there. A thoroughly enjoyable set of stories, if you enjoy your angst on the sweet and/or mystified side.


    20. A lovely collection of Morgan's short stories spanning almost the whole of his writing career. The stories whilst showing his development as writer also cover a wide range of his interests (nature, class, race relations, sexuality, being true to ones self). The stories span a number of stories, from ghost stories, to social commentaries to thrillers. For fans of his writing definitely worth a read.


    21. Una buena recopilación de relatos en sí heterogéneos, algunos muy tempranos de menor calidad, otros absolutamente espectaculares, como los preciosos y tristes "The Life to Come", "Dr Woolacott" y "Arthur Snatchfold", el extraño "The Other Boat" o los divertidísimos "The Obelisk", "The Torque" y "What Does It Matter? A Morality". Quizás lo que más desentona es el último relato a cuatro voces (y plumas), aunque también tiene su interés.


    22. Poignant, compelling stories which I deeply appreciated in my misspent youth in an English, Protestant galaxy far, far away. But changing galaxies changes everything and these days these great English Protestant writers seem to have nothing like the poignancy and pathos I find in saycorjesusacratissimum/2009/


    23. Forster did not just write A Room with a View or A Passage to India, you know - and the body of his homoerotic work does not just consist of Maurice (and, oh, A Passage to India) This collection of stories, some of them were written in the fantastic mode, simply shines.


    24. A collection of Forster's stories, not published in his lifetime, because they dealt with love between men. Many weren't written for publication and are fantasies, sometimes weird/mythological/symbolic. Others are amusing (intentionally). A mixed bag, but an interesting peek into a life and times.


    25. This is a fantastic collection of stories from a brilliant writer. The queer themes are definitely present but the collection should not be viewed solely on that criteria, as there is a lot here to appreciate. Well worth the effort to find and explore something beyond the genius novels.


    26. A collection of short stories published posthumously, most of which were quite enjoyable. I loved Arthur Snatchfold, The Other Boat and Doctor Woolacott.They were written over a long stretch of years, some some of the writing is uneven, but worth reading through for the gems.


    27. A few of the stories in this book are staggeringly beautiful; several are merely interesting. I'll be remembering the emotionsl richness and grace of the good ones, like Albergo Empedocle, for the rest of my life.


    28. A mixed bag, and I disagreed with Oliver Tallybrass about which were the stand-out examples, but overall Forster's unpublished stories were often a more agreeable read than his published ones, and I learnt a lot too about what a pain in the posterior posthumous editing can be.


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