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1. The celestial omnibus and other
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2. The story of the siren
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4. Where angels fear to tread
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7. The longest journey
 
8. E.M. Forster, 1879-1970 (Heffer
 
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10. E.M. Forster: A life (1879-1970)
 
11. E.M. Forster: A Life 1879-1970
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12. Biography - Forster, E(dward)
 
13. pects of the novel, by E. M. Forster
 
14. The longest journey. [by] E. M.
 
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15. Selected Letters of E. M. Forster,
 
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16. Selected Letters, Volume I: 1879-1920
 
17. The celestial omnibus and other
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20. E. M. Forster: A Biography

1. The celestial omnibus and other stories
by E M. 1879-1970 Forster
 Paperback: 182 Pages (2010-09-09)
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1923. English author and critic, member of Bloomsbury group and friend of Virginia Woolf who achieved fame through his novels, which include: Room with a View, Maurice, A Passage to India, and Howard's End. The Celestial Omnibus is a collection of short-stories Forster wrote during the prewar years, most of which were symbolic fantasies or fables. Contents: The Story of a Panic; The Other Side of the Hedge; The Celestial Omnibus; Other Kingdom; The Curate's Friend; and The Road from Colonus. See other titles by this author available from Kessinger Publishing. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Prepare for A Wonderful Journey
The Celestial Omnibus and Other Stories was written in 1911 by Edward Morgan Forster (1879 - 1970), an English novelist, short story writer, essayist and librettist.

The best way to enjoy these stories is like that of an experienced traveler to foreign lands. The mature wanderer knows that you cannot demand the country change itself for you, but that one must adapt to the country to discover its riches and wonders. True enjoyment takes work.

There truly are riches and wonders in this collection of six short stories, but to appreciate their essence, one is going to have to give up the hard boiled cynicism of the 21st century and embrace the romance, mystery, and pure wonder of fin de si├Ęcle Great Britain. The mature reader who will let Forster speak for himself is surely in for a treat. In these tales you will meet a spoiled young man whose life is changed by a visit from an ancient god (The Story of a Panic), question whether life is a rat race or maybe something more (The Other Side of the Hedge). If you are willing to pay for the ticket, you'll visit a land where the works of great authors (if not the authors themselves) have a Heaven all their own (The Celestial Omnibus) and that classic myths can be repeated again and again (Other Kingdom) to great tragic effect. You'll also meet an irreverent faun who becomes the best friend of a reverent clergyman (The Curate's Friend) and discover that the call to wonder can be found in the strangest places (The Road from Colonus) as well as the price that must be paid to ignore it.

So pack your bags and get ready for a trip. The ticket is free, but if you truly have a soul that is sensitive to what C. S. Lewis called the numinous, like all good travelers, you may bring back more from the trip than what you left with.

5-0 out of 5 stars Think About It
Quite possibly the best collection of short stories published in the Twentieth Century, so minimalist that they're metaphysical.Each demonstrates that the meaning of meaning is the creation of meaning, that people exist to create meaning, whether they know it or not, and what it means to create meaning, or fail.Images become symbols, symbols become allegories.High bourgeois culture, at its best, accessible at many levels to anyone.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Celestial Read
The other reviewer of this book completely missed the point of the story. THE CELESTIAL OMNIBUS is about the liberation of the Soul through Art, and is not meant to be a religious text at all. A young boy in a prosaic middleclass suburb catches a glimpse of something otherworldly in an alley--anomnibus that travels 'To Heaven'. This is not the religious Heaven but theinfinite world of the imagination. Great literature literally provides anescape for the boy, who has a poet's soul and is ridiculed for it by hisfamily and their friends. In their view, Literature and Poetry exist onlyon library shelves, bound in red leather.It is the neighbor, who onlyconcentrates on the physical manifestation of the writings, who 'dies onthe earth' since he confuses the end with the means. It is more importantto feel the spirit of a great writer than to worry about the binding ontheir books, while never understanding their meaning. The other stories inthis collection are also memorable and deal with living the quiet life andleaving the rat race--in one case, literally. This is one of the mostinspirational collections of short stories ever written and it is a shamethat it is out of print.

3-0 out of 5 stars The Omnibus and twentieth century secularism by Katie Hansen
"The Celestial Omnibus" by E.M. Forster tells of a boy's belief in a celestial omnibus, a future state or heaven.In the story, his belief and curiosity is ridiculed by his parents. This action shows the idea of secularism, by discouraging the boy against the idea of an after-life.Instead of leading him toward Christian morality, his parents direct him to memorizing poetry, showing their belief in the morality and well being of man in this life. Sneakily, the boy discovers that the omnibus is not a joke, as his parents told him, but that is was real.The boy is made to be a liar when he returns, but soon convinces Mr. Bons to go back to the omnibus with him.The boy is able to enter the "heaven," but, because of Mr. Bons' disbelief,he dies on the earth ... Read more


2. The story of the siren
by E M. 1879-1970 Forster
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Originally published in 1920.This volume from the Cornell University Library's print collections was scanned on an APT BookScan and converted to JPG 2000 format by Kirtas Technologies.All titles scanned cover to cover and pages may include marks notations and other marginalia present in the original volume. ... Read more


3. Pharos and Pharillon
by E M. 1879-1970 Forster
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4. Where angels fear to tread
by E M. 1879-1970 Forster
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5. The longest journey
by E M. 1879-1970 Forster
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6. Howards End
by E M. 1879-1970 Forster
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7. The longest journey
by E M. 1879-1970 Forster
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8. E.M. Forster, 1879-1970 (Heffer catalogue 7)
by E. M Forster
 Unknown Binding: 96 Pages (1971)

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9. E. M. Forster (1879-1970)
by Sally May Brown
 Unknown Binding: Pages (1978)

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10. E.M. Forster: A life (1879-1970) Two Volumes in One The Growth of the Novelist 1879-1914 and Polycrates" Ring 1914-1970
by P. N. Furbank
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11. E.M. Forster: A Life 1879-1970
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12. Biography - Forster, E(dward) M(organ) (1879-1970): An article from: Contemporary Authors Online
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Word count: 4008. ... Read more


13. pects of the novel, by E. M. Forster
by E. M. (Edward Morgan) (1879-1970) Forster
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14. The longest journey. [by] E. M. Forster.
by Forster. E. M. (Edward Morgan). 1879-1970.
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15. Selected Letters of E. M. Forster, Volume Two 1921-1970 (Volume II)
by E. M. Forster
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The letters of the last half of E. M. Forster's life are as engaging as those of his earlier years. Imbued with the same wit, warmth, and vitality, they reveal the breadth of his interests and the great range and enduring quality of his friendships.

After a second trip to India in 1921, Forster finally finished the Indian novel he had begun years before. A Passage to India (1924) capped his career as a novelist; he then turned his energies to essays and other nonfictional prose. In the 1930s he emerged as an active journalist, writing and broadcasting on social and political issues. He fought for civil liberties and led a successful campaign against the BBC's political blacklisting of performers. His correspondents during these years included T. S. Eliot, Siegfried Sassoon, Lennard and Virginia Woolf, Christopher Isherwood, and Stephen Spender.

At seventy Forster began along, happy, and productive new period in his life with his work on the libretto for Benjamin Britten's opera Billy Budd. In 1960 he was a leading defense witness in the Lady Chatterley trial. By then he was a revered figure among literati and enjoyed advising younger writers. In these last decades he divided his time between his rooms at King's College, Cambridge, and the home of his friends the Buckinghams in Coventry, where he died at age ninety-one.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely essential for Forster scholars!
This two volume set is essential for the Forster scholar.Edited by Mary Lago, one of the foremost Forster scholars, it contains some of the highlights of his voluminous correspondence.Up until his death in 1970,Forster wrote up to twelve letters (!) a day, many of which are stored inthe Forster archives at Kings College in Cambridge, England.Dr. Lagopainstakingly sifted through those massive archival files and translatedForster's unique penmanship and wonderful letter writing style into alovely, insightful, and entertaining two-volume set of correspondence. ... Read more


16. Selected Letters, Volume I: 1879-1920 (Selected Letters of E. M. Forster, 1879-1920)
by E. M. Forster
 Hardcover: 352 Pages (1983-11)
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17. The celestial omnibus and other stories.
by Forster. E. M. (Edward Morgan). 1879-1970.
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18. Selected Stories (Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics)
by E. M. Forster
Paperback: 224 Pages (2001-03-01)
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Although he is best known for his novels-several of which have been made into popular movies-E.M. Forster also published stories. This volume, which collects those stories published during Forster's lifetime, provides an opportunity for readers to discover these less familiar works. Rich in irony and alive with sharp observations on the surprises life holds, the stories often feature violent events, discomforting coincidences, and other disruptive happenings that throw the characters' perceptions and beliefs off balance.

In their keen Introduction, David Leavitt and Mark Mitchell discuss Forster's place in both the short-story tradition and in the tradition of gay literature. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars The Short Fiction Of E. M. Forster
Edward Morgan Forster (January 1st, 1879 - June 7th, 1970) is best known for novels like "A Room with a View", "Howards End", and "A Passage to India".For a different side of Forster, one can look at his shorter works, and "Selected Stories" contains the short fiction of Forster's which was published in his lifetime.It differs greatly from his novels, as most of the stories contain fantasy elements, and one could easily stand as a foundation of science fiction.At the same time, these works are rather uneven.The earlier ones in general tend to be better and more direct, the later ones are more abstract and more difficult for the reader to follow.

All in all there are twelve works included in this collection, all of which would be considered either short stories or novelettes.Forster pulls from Greek mythology in a number of these stories.He also uses Christian theology as he pursues a secular humanist agenda for some of them.Only one of the stories appears to be completely devoid of some kind of fantasy or futuristic element.The stories included are:

"The Story of a Panic" - a novelette which was first published in March of 1904 in the "Independent Review".Inspired by a recent vacation in Italy, Forster sets the scene in Rovello.The story is narrated by Mr. Tytler, who is relating incidents which took place eight years in the past.In the story, Mr. Tytler and a party of tourists, including Eustace, a moody boy of fourteen go on a picnic in a secluded valley.There they encounter the spirit of Pan in the wind and flee in terror leaving Eustace behind.Eustace is invigorated by the experience and starts to behave in a manner which the adults try to prevent.

"The Other Side of the Hedge" - a short story which was first published in November of 1904 in the "Independent Review".This story is a bit heavy handed in its message about people being too consumed with trying to meet their goals.The story is about a man who progresses along the road with his pedometer until he becomes too tired to continue, and then he is lured by a light to try to make his way through the hedge which runs along the side of the road.

"The Celestial Omnibus" - a short story which was first published in January of 1908 in the Albany Review.In this story a young boy has discovered a wondrous omnibus which takes him to a land where the great characters of literature are alive.Adults don't believe in its existence, but he does manage to get Mr. Bons, a pompous adult who tries to correct the boy's literary references along the way.The story is a harsh comment on those who ruin the enjoyment of experiencing great literature for the first time, by trying to limit one's imagination.

"Other Kingdom" - a novelette first published in July of 1901 in the "English Review".This is a story which borrows greatly from Greek mythology, and in particular the story of Daphne.In this case the setting is England, and the Other Kingdom Copse which Harcourt Worters gives to Evelyn Beaumont as an engagement gift.But Harcourt has certain demands for what should be done with the woods, and becomes jealous of his ward, Jack Ford, for whom Evelyn appears to be developing feelings.

"The Curate's Friend" - a short story published in "Pall Mall Magazine" in October of 1907.Forster again goes to Greek mythology in this story where a clergyman, Harry, discovers a faun living in Wiltshire.The faun is invisible to the clergyman's secular friends, who mistake Harry's conversations with the faun for clowning around.The faun causes Harry some distress by allowing Emily, whom Harry has feelings for, to fall for another.

"The Road from Colonus" - a short story which was first published in the "Independent Review" in June of 1904.Forster once again goes to Greek mythology for the story of Oedipus, though in this case the man who would be Oedipus, Mr. Lucas is forced from Colonus.Some have suggested that this story is a veiled reference to Lord Byron's death.

"The Machine Stops" - a novelette which was first published in November of 1909 in "The Oxford and Cambridge Review".It is the one science fiction story in this collection, and what a story it is.One can only assume that writers like Huxley and Orwell referred to it in part for its dystopian future, where machines, or in particular "the machine" has taken over the lives of men.Some would say that Forster has predicted the internet as well in this wonderful piece.

"The Point of It" - a short story which was first published in November of 1911 in the "English Review".This is one of Forster's stories which has moved away from a more direct story line.The key characters of the story are Harold and Michael, who some have suggested are T. E. Lawrence and Forster.Harold's life is one of purpose and action, while Michael, after pushing Harold perhaps to his death, is respectable, but not particularly exciting.

"Mr. Andrews" - a short story which was first published in 1911.In this story Forster's secular humanism is apparent in the story of a Christian, Mr. Andrews, who meets a Muslim on his way to heaven.He fears that the Muslim will not be allowed to enter, and so he asks not if he (Mr. Andrews) may enter, but rather if his friend may.The Muslim does likewise, and both are allowed in, but neither finds what they expect, and they realize that heaven should be more than what they expected.

"Co-Ordination" - a short story which was first published in 1912.A confusing story in which the efforts at a school are directed towards teaching about Napoleon.From history to music he is the focus.In the music area the students are learning to play Beethoven's Eroica Symphony.At the same time, Beethoven and Napoleon become aware of the efforts of the students and teachers, and attempt to reward them.Forster appears to be making a comment about this type of planned teaching among other things.

"The Story of the Siren" - a short story which was first published in 1920.Forster returns to mythology and the Siren for an unusual story about a man who tells a tale of his brother seeing the Siren and how it changed his life.This story deals with the repressive force of Christianity, and is set against pagan ideas of the peasants.

"The Eternal Moment" - a novelette which was first published in June of 1905 in "The Independent Review".One can only believe that this story was put at the end of the collection because unlike the rest of the stories there is no element of fantasy in it.It is the story of a woman who returns to the scene of her best moment in life, only to find that it has changed, both the area as well as the significant people who were there.The moment is eternal though, because it will forever be with her.

Due to the uneven nature of the stories, I cannot give this collection more than three stars.However, stories like "The Machine Stops", and "The Road from Colonus" are well worth reading, and a few of the others are decent as well.

1-0 out of 5 stars Dissapointed
Having read his novella, "the machine stops", and of course, the books "howard's end", and "a passage to india", I ordered this.Omigosh, dreadful...what a wast of time.Self indulgent, pedantic, written it seems to wallow in personal sociopolitical issues. while one might empathize, it just goes to show you----every painter who has done a great work doesn't always produce a masterpiece, so every writer whose written stellar works of wide appeal, can write terribly as well!don't bother with this one. ... Read more


19. The Cambridge Companion to E. M. Forster (Cambridge Companions to Literature)
Paperback: 308 Pages (2007-04-30)
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This new collection of essays, each one by a recognized expert, both brings Forster studies up to date and provides lively and innovative readings of every aspect of his wide-ranging career. It includes substantial chapters dedicated to his two major novels, Howards End and A Passage to India, and further chapters focus on A Room With a View and Maurice. Forster's connections with the values of Bloomsbury and the lure of Greece and Italy in his work are assessed, as is his vexed relationship with Modernism. Other essays investigate his role as a literary critic, the status of his work within the genres of the novel and the short story, his treatment of sexuality and his attitude to and representation of women. This is the most comprehensive study of Forster's work to be published for many years, providing an invaluable source of comment on and insight into his writings. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars So Why Are You Writing About Him?
A new volume on EMF, the product of a group of renowned scholars is bound to raise expectations. Unfortunately, this volume does not live up to them.
It has all the faults of a collective enterprise. The editor apparently did not have the stamina to control the volume beyond establishing (fairly rational) general frame. It is true that judging by the list of contents you have here everything you need. The articles, however, are of rather uneven quality. Some of them do not offer much beyond stating the obvious ("Filmed Forster" as well as chapters on specific novels), some reflect the authors personal agendas without moving to the alleged subject matter ("Forster's life and life writing" offers almost no information on his biography...) while some show interesting lack of interest in modern Forsterian criticism ("Forsterian sexuality" - footnotes are very telling, it seems that the author desperately wanted to discover everything by himself probably because he failed to do his research).
Strangely many of the articles share one common element - the authors seem uncertain why actually they should be writing about Forster at all. The words "Forster's career as a novelist was spectacularly lopsided" open the Introduction and somehow this seems to be the key issue for the whole volume. Does it really matter? Wouldn't it be better to start from a quote from David Lodge - "EMF is one of the three most important native English novelists of the 20th century"?
Consequent authors concentrate on the question "Why did EMF dry up as a novelist?" so much that they seem to miss that we don't want to read about the books he never wrote or short stories he chose to destroy. There really is enough to Forster to keep him interesting and (yes!) powerful writer over eighty years after he chose to give up writing novels. Apparently, not enough for majority of the renowned authors involved.
One last thing - I could not decide who is supposed to be the target audience of the volume. There are too few new things to make the volume interesting for a seasoned Forsterian as myself and too many well-known facts are missing to make it a valuable read for someone new to a field.
Anyway, there is quite a lot of good books about EMF and quite a few bad ones. This one is somewhere in the middle of the range. If you feel like reading it you may as well wait till your university library buys one. Paying for a copy with your own money is a waste. ... Read more


20. E. M. Forster: A Biography
by Nicola Beauman
Hardcover: 404 Pages (1994-03-29)
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One of the great novelists of the century--author of A Passage to India and Howards End--E.M. Forster has been an enigma to the public. In his new biography, Beauman wonderfully explores every aspect of Forster's life, evoking his lifelong obsession with houses, families, and inherited traditions. 16 pages of photos; 12 illustrations. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Second Best
With the standards set so high by Furbank (isn't it telling that the cover added to this web page is the cover of Furbank's biography and not that of Beauman?) there is quite little one can do. One can always go wrong, however, and to some degree this is what the book does. I found its concentration on Forster's homosexuality (can he be outed any more after the publication of Maurice in 1971?) quite tiresome and insistence on stressing his biography and its influence on his works not always substantiated. You can find all the important details here but if you want a good read as well, take the hint from this web page and get yourself a copy of Furbank's biography instead.

5-0 out of 5 stars An outing to be relished - an inspirational and superb read.
If one purpose of a literary biography is to inspire the reader to return to the works of the subject of the biography with renewed enthusiasm then Ms Beauman has succeeded admirably. But her work is also a timely reminder of the significance of an artist to the health of a civilized society. In this age of "outcomes", "product" and "prioritization" Mr Forster's speech as a resident honorary fellow of King's College Cambridge when proposing a toast to the health of the college must stand as a delicious ironical instance of the artist as just being - and that being enough. He said " I do not belong here at all. I do nothing here whatsoever. I hold no college office, I attend no committee, I sit on no body, however solid, not even on the Annual Congregation. I co-opt not, nor am I co-opted. I teach not, neither do I think, and even the glory in which I am now arranged was borrowed from another college for the occasion." Forster's relationship with his mother together with his homosexuality loom large in Ms Beauman's analysis which is not to say that her consideration of the works is less than thorough. Indeed, her research into the genesis and development of PASSAGE TO INDIA is especially detailed and illuminating. The Forster story by Ms Beauman is one that is told with understanding, warmth and a deep humanity that was a characteristic of the subject himself. Of particular interest was when the writer, Beauman, addresses the reader,you, expressing some doubt about including rather revelatory and intimate details of Forster's sexual adventures. This is an instance of ".... on the other hand it could be said..." that was a trademark of Forster's method. A most enjoyable read. Dare I say I came away from reading it a better person? ... Read more


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