E. M. Forster pp 132-151 | Cite as

Remembering E. M. Forster

  • Santha Rama Rau
Part of the Interviews and Recollections book series (IR)


At various times in his long life he was described as dowdily dressed and physically awkward but with ‘fine eyes … and a most expressive and sensitive mouth’, and as a ‘very pale, delicately-built young man, slightly towzled and very shy, with a habit of standing on one leg and winding the other round it’. Lytton Strachey nicknamed him ‘the Taupe’, another friend said he looked ‘like a whim’. A New Yorker reporter found ‘a shy, apprehensive Edwardian gentleman with a long sensitive nose and tousled tan moustache’, and Frank Hauser, who directed the first production of the play A Passage to India, saw a ‘stooping spry old buffer in a grey tweed suit, glasses glinting, the familiar rabbit-face.…’ He considered himself ‘physically ugly — red nose enormous, round patch in middle of scalp… Face in the distance (seen in the mirrors of his club) is toad-like and pallid, with a tiny rim of hair along the top of the triangle. My stoop must be appalling.…’


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    To Francis King, August Bank Holiday 1960, The Letters of J. R. Ackerley, ed. Neville Braybrooke (London: Duckworth, 1975) p. 170.Google Scholar

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