Letters between Forster and Isherwood on Homosexuality and Literature

Hardcover | July 15, 2008

byRichard E. Zeikowitz

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The correspondence between E. M. Forster and Christopher Isherwood is a fascinating record of the professional and personal lives of two major British writers from the 1930s to the 1960s. The letters of the 1930s reveal how Forster and Isherwood each came to grips with the rise of fascism in Europe and threat of war as both writers and simply human beings caught in the midst of a world on the brink of disaster. These letters also tell two parallel but very different stories of love and devotion between each writer and his respective male partner. The correspondence during the war years juxtapose the strikingly different worlds in which Forster and Isherwood were living: the London area during the Blitz and the southern California community of exiled writers, respectively. In the post-war letters the two friends continue their ongoing conversation to find a suitable ending for Forster’s groundbreaking but yet unpublished novel, Maurice. This complete collection of very readable letters, thoroughly annotated and with an informative introduction, will be of great interest for literary scholars and general readers.

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The correspondence between E. M. Forster and Christopher Isherwood is a fascinating record of the professional and personal lives of two major British writers from the 1930s to the 1960s. The letters of the 1930s reveal how Forster and Isherwood each came to grips with the rise of fascism in Europe and threat of war as both writers and...

Richard E. Zeikowitz is Associate Professor of English, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, The City University of New York. He is the author of Homoeroticism and Chivalry: Discourses of Male Same-Sex Desire in the Fourteenth Century.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 8.48 × 5.68 × 0.64 inPublished:July 15, 2008Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:023060675X

ISBN - 13:9780230606753

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The 1930s * The War Years: 1939-1945 * The Post-War Years