Forster Correspondence

The letters contain detailed discussions considering the role of the arts, expose Forster’s insecurities and anxiety regarding his creative output, and provide insight into the conception and development of hugely significant literary works, not only by Forster and Reid but numerous established and new writers in the early part of the twentieth century. Such works include Forster’s A Passage to India (1924), which helped to shape Anglophone literary modernism, and Maurice, his homoerotic novel published posthumously in 1971. The honest and serious discussions of homosexuality at a time when these matters could have been the focus of public scandal or prosecution, the impact and social consequences of two World Wars on literary figures and cities such as Belfast and London, and the bearing and significance of social and political crises such as the Third Irish Home Rule Bill and Irish Partition are of particular sociological and historical interest across these letters.

Physical characteristics

217 letters and cards 

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Created

1912
1946

Coverage

1912
1946
Custodial History

Queen’s University Belfast acquired these letters through the funding of the National Heritage Lottery Fund and the following supporting funders: The Pilgrim Trust, Esme Mitchell Trust, the John Jefferson Smurfit Monegasque Foundation, Dr Michael and Mrs Ruth West and Sir Donnell Deeny.

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Added by Bronagh McCrudden | Last updated on: 29 September 2020