Promise and Withdrawal in A Passage to India

  • John Colmer


In all Forster’s fiction there is a characteristic pattern of promise and withdrawal. It is there in the visionary short stories and Italian novels, it becomes more marked in The Longest Journey, Howards End and Maurice, and finally achieves definitive expression in A Passage to India. That it had its roots partly in the author’s earliest response to experience is clear from Marianne Thornton’s account of the infant Forster.


Single Sentence Liberal Tradition Internal Contradiction Individual Sentence Human Exploration 
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    Frederick C. Crews, E. M. Forster: The Perils of Humanism ( Princeton, N. J., 1962 ) p. 142.Google Scholar

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