Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

Qty:1
  • List Price: $19.95
  • Save: $5.43 (27%)
FREE Shipping on orders with at least $25 of books.
In Stock.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
The Life to Come: And Oth... has been added to your Cart
FREE Shipping on orders over $25.
Used: Acceptable | Details
Sold by Murfbooks
Condition: Used: Acceptable
Comment: Item is in acceptable condition. Expect heavy wear on the cover and the inside of the book. The text is perfectly readable and usable. There is no condition below acceptable. Fast shipping. Free delivery confirmation with every order.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

The Life to Come: And Other Stories Paperback – January 23, 2013

4.6 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews

See all 10 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Price
New from Used from
Paperback
"Please retry"
$14.52
$6.66 $0.01
Mass Market Paperback
"Please retry"
$0.01

The Amazon Book Review
The Amazon Book Review
Author interviews, book reviews, editors picks, and more. Read it now
$14.52 FREE Shipping on orders with at least $25 of books. In Stock. Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
click to open popover

Frequently Bought Together

  • The Life to Come: And Other Stories
  • +
  • Maurice: A Novel
Total price: $24.71
Buy the selected items together


Editorial Reviews

Review

“Have we been as ready for Forster's honesty as we thought we were? His greatness surely had root in his capacity to treat all human relationships seriously and truthfully. . . . And of course, the best realized of the homosexual stories dovetail perfectly into the best of all his work. Even the earliest and most ephemeral of them will be recognized as the frailer embodiments of the same passionate convictions that made for the moral iron of his novels.” (Eudora Welty - New York Times Book Review)

From the Back Cover

Representing every phase of E. M. Forster's career as a writer, the fourteen stories in this book span six decades--from 1903 to 1957 or even later.
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

New York Times best sellers
Browse the New York Times best sellers in popular categories like Fiction, Nonfiction, Picture Books and more. See more

Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company (August 17, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393304426
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393304428
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 0.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #396,888 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

By A Customer on March 16, 2002
Format: Paperback
There is a real dichotomy between Forster's novel "Maurice" and the homosexual stories collected in "The Life to Come." The novel, while it does focus on the trials and tribulations of a gay man coming to terms with his sexuality, ends on an optimistic note. By contrast the stories collected in "The Life to Come," especially "The Other Boat," "Arthur Snatchfold" and the title piece, reflect the author's own obsession with the negative consequences of exposure and perfectly illustrate his reticence to coming out either personally or professionally. This is a man who witnessed the grossly indecent prosecution of both Oscar Wilde and Alan Turing, is it any wonder he was reticent? Don't miss these early gifts from the master.
Comment 20 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
There are 4 or 5 of these. I think "Ansell," (1903)--the first story in the book--is one of the best, short as it is. "The Helping Hand" is also very entertaining...though it doesn't leave ripples and waves, like the first one. One would suppose that these stories, (apparently)submitted to publishers and (apparently) rejected)--would be genuinely poor pickins'--but some are really good. Since Forster wasn't interested in heterosexual romance, he intelligently wrote about other things, quirky things, odd happenings, and so on.

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)
2 Comments 9 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This is a fine set of short stories by Forster at a very reasonable price. "The Life to Come" was one of many short stories dealing with homosexuality that Forster didn't publish in his lifetime, sharing them only with a small circle of friends. Like many gay authors, he developed a lack of sympathy for straight characters which dramatically cut his production of novels. At the end of his life, Forster sorted through some of these stories, noting that they were now, "publishable, but worth it?" He realized that times were changing quickly and homosexuality was no longer the scandal it once was. Nonetheless, these are stories by a great literary figure, writing about things that actually mattered to him. If you love Forster, you'll love this collection.
Comment 5 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This collection offers stories of the same high quality as all other works published while Forster was alive.
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.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
E.M. Forster was to the Edwardian Era what Jane Austen was to the Regency--a defining voice of what the British wanted to believe was true about themselves. But few are familiar with his short stories. These tales are less about prim English young ladies encountering the bigger world, and more about the untold story of those Edwardians who crossed boundaries and misbehaved, including, of course, gay men. Forster's risque language is superbly funny and shocking.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

The Life to Come: And Other Stories
Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway
This item: The Life to Come: And Other Stories

Pages with Related Products. See and discover other items: classic literature