Today is the birthday of author E.M. Forster, about whom Wikipedia states:
Edward Morgan Forster OM, CH (1 January 1879 – 7 June 1970) was an English novelist, short story writer, essayist and librettist. He is known best for his ironic and well-plotted novels examining class difference and hypocrisy in early 20th-century British society. Forster’s humanistic impulse toward understanding and sympathy may be aptly summed up in the epigraph to his 1910 novel Howards End: “Only connect … “. His 1908 novel, A Room with a View, is his most optimistic work, while A Passage to India (1924) brought him his greatest success.
This is quite serendipitous, because I have a confession to make – I’ve never read a book by this highly regarded author! And this has been on my mind lately because of my wish to read Paul Scott’s Raj Quartet, as some of the comments I’ve read about it have implied that he might have used “A Passage to India” as some kind of inspiration or starting point – which suggests I should really read Passage first!