This is the first edition of E M Forster's A Passage to India, which was published in 1924. It is widely considered to be Forster’s finest work and it became his last novel, despite the fact that he remained active as a writer and critic for more than four decades after its publication. The novel explores the possibility of friendship between British and Indian people in the context of the British rule of India.
Forster began writing his novel after his first visit to India in 1912, and finished it after his second visit in 1921, when he worked as the private secretary of the Maharajah of Dewas Senior. The novel is a critical portrayal of the British community in India, which is generally depicted as prejudiced and unsympathetic to the Indian population.
To whom is A Passage to India dedicated?
A Passage to India was dedicated to Syed Ross Masood, a young Indian Muslim whom Forster tutored in Latin in 1906. They soon developed a friendship and Forster fell in love with him. Although his love was unreciprocated, both men continued to be friends for many years, and Forster visited Masood after he returned to his home country. It was through Masood that Forster began to become fascinated by the culture, history and spirituality of India.
- Full title:
- A Passage to India
- 1924, London
- E Arnold & Co.
- E M Forster
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- Article by:
- Kate Symondson
- Literature 1900–1950, Power and conflict
Kate Symondson explores the tensions and dualities at the heart of A Passage to India and the challenges E M Forster faced in writing the novel.