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E. M. Forster : a life
Furbank, P. N. (Philip Nicholas), 1920-2014.
First American edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, [1978]

Physical Description:
xxi, 260 pages, 359 pages, 8 unnumbered leaves of plates : illustrations ; 21 cm
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Central Library PR6011.O58 Z655 1978 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
Central Library PR6011.O58 Z655 1978 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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P. N. Furbank's 1978 two-volume portrait, combined here into one edition, is generally considered the definitive biography of novelist E. M. Forster. "One of the best biographies of a writer I've ever read."--Walter Clemons, "Newsweek"

Author Notes

P. N. Furbank was born Philip Nicholas Furbank in Cranleigh, Surrey on May 23, 1920. He studied at Cambridge University. During World War II, he served in the British Army in Italy. He was a lifelong stammerer, and this challenge led him to leave Cambridge, where he had taught in the late 1940s and early 1950s, to work in London as a librarian and an editor.

He was a critic and scholar who wrote several books including Italo Svevo: The Man and the Writer, E. M. Forster: A Life, and Diderot: A Critical Biography, which was the first recipient of the Truman Capote Award for Literary Criticism in 1995. He and fellow scholar W. R. Owens began their Daniel Defoe collaboration in the early 1980s, and over 20 years they published four books and were the general editors of a 44-volume collection of Defoe's works. He died on June 27, 2014 at the age of 94.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Library Journal Review

Thanks to the success of the recent film version of his Howards End, Forster is experiencing a resurgence of popularity. Furbank's 1978 two-volume portrait, which is here combined into one, is generally considered the definitive biography. As LJ's reviewer stated, Furbank's ``chief virtue as a biographer lies in his thoroughness, clarity, and attention to detail'' (LJ 9/15/78). (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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