E.M. Forster Collection, 1908-1971

Forster, E. M. (Edward Morgan), 1879-1970


6 boxes (2.5 linear feet) and 1 galley folder.
Organized into three series, with materials arranged alphabetically by title or author: I. Works, 1910-1960 (2 boxes); II. Correspondence, 1908-1967 (3.5 boxes); and III. Works by Other Authors, 1933-1971 (.5 box).
The Works Series contains several holograph drafts of essays on topics ranging from liberty to tolerance, and three holograph manuscripts of A Passage to India, two of which are fairly complete and are extensively edited by the author, while the third is composed primarily of earlier draft material and represents about one-third of the novel's length. Also contained in the collection is a copy of The Longest Journey on microfilm.
The Correspondence Series is particularly interesting as it is almost exclusively composed of personal letters from Forster to various friends and acquaintances. The series is organized into two sections, Outgoing Correspondence, 1908-1967, and Third-party Correspondence, 1925-1937. Outgoing correspondence comprises over 800 letters from Forster to Joe Ackerley, Morgan's friend and confidante, and over 200 letters to Malcolm Darling, another close friend. Also represented among the recipients of letters are Dora Carrington, Francis King, John Lehmann, Colin Spencer, and others. The Third-party section contains a scant handful of personal letters between people other than Forster.
The Works by Other Authors Series contains a small number of writings by other people. Included is a list of the Cambridge University, King's College Library's collection of Forster's papers, a biographical pamphlet about Forster written by Rex Warner, and the Memorandum of Agreement between Albatross Verlag and Forster for publication of A Passage to India. Galley proofs for W. Heffer & Sons Ltd.'s Heffer Catalogue Seven, prepared for the sale of Forster's collection of books after his death, are also included.
British novelist and essayist.
The entire collection is available on microfilm. The manuscript of The Longest Journey is only available on microfilm.
Cambridge University, King's College Library England.
Limited photocopies can be provided upon receipt of written authorization from the copyright holder.
An unpublished finding aid with folder-level control, is available in the repository and at the URL below.

Related Resources

Finding aid for the E. M. Forster Collection: http://www.hrc.utexas.edu/research/fa/forster.morgan.html
View this description in WorldCat: http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/122685062