EDWARD MORGAN FORSTER
Edward Morgan Forster was born in London in in 1879 in a well-to-do upper-middle class family.. He lived comfortably all his life, so he could write a lot. Soon his father died, so he was educated by his mother. He was sent to a strict school. Then he lived a spiritual imprisonment when he entered King's College, Cambridge, where he converted to a liberal philosophy. After leaving Cambridge and after his degree he met a young Indian man, who became a great friend of his. He lived for a time in Italy, lecturing and writing essays, the background of his first and third novels, A Room with a View (Florence), where he explored the differences between the strictness of English conventions and upper-middle-class codes of social behaviour and the more spontaneous and relaxed way of life for the Italians.
He was involved in the Bloomsbury Group (he became agnostic), he wrote the first of his two masterpieces, which brought him fame, Howards End (1910), a novel about the relation between what people feel and how they act. In 1912 Forster went to India for the first time, he began to work on A Passage to India, which was published in 1924. At the break of World War I he worked as a cataloger at the National Gallery, and he moved to Egypt: he worked for the Red Cross and he showed his pacific tendencies. After the war he worked as a journalist in England.