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The Life to Come: And Other Stories Paperback – January 23, 2013
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And while it's true that most of the homosexual stories are dark, and some very affecting ("Dr. Woolacott," "Arthur Snatchfold," "The Other Boat" "The Life to Come"--why didn't he stop this one after the first part? It would have been so funny!), the hilarious "The Obelisk" is one of my favorite stories ever.
But first, of course, you must read Maurice, A Passage to India, Howards End, and A Room with a View. None of the short stories are as good as his novels.
"I want to love a strong young man of the lower classes and be loved by him and even hurt by him. That is my ticket, and then I have wanted to write respectable novels"....(personal memorandum, 1935)
"I should have been a more famous writer if I had written or rather published more, but sex has prevented the latter." (Diary, 31 December 1964)
For me, the mixture of so many different tones (sly and naughty, serious, light-hearted) makes the stories easier to digest, because I went in expecting to be very depressed by all of them, knowing that they were unpublishable-due-to-content during E.M. Forster's lifetime. I now think this book is more notable for being a perfect collection than for all that history and its place in the gay classics along with "Maurice".
E.M. Forster novels often carry a message implying that there will be disasters and seemingly insurmountably sad events, but growing emotionally and doing justice to the people you love will simply go on until you die.
The fact that a man in Forster's era could even share these beautiful compositions with his friends, and hold to his "not wrong, just different" conviction in his private life is really comforting to me, as is the miracle of these stories and "Maurice"'s survival for those 55 or so years in limbo.
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Many people know that he didn’t want Maurice published until after his death. Fewer, including me, knew that these stories existed and were left unpublished for the same reason. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Mr. D. P. Jay