Commonplace book /
E.M. Forster.
London : Scolar Press, 1978.
xx, 300, [20] p. : facsims. ; 34 cm.
More Details
London : Scolar Press, 1978.
contents note
Introduction / P. N. Furbank -- Bishop Jebb's Book / E. M. Forster, 1940 -- Note on the dating of entries -- Publisher's note -- Commonplace Book.
general note
"An edition limited to 350 numbered copies."
Brown marbled paper boards; brown leather spine with cream paper label printed in black; tan case.
local note
Victoria University Library has number 212, in case.
catalogue key
Gift to Victoria University Library. Commemorative Book Fund.
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Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Library Journal on 1986-03-01:
Forster made entries in this commonplace book from 1925 through 1968, 18 months before his death. The book brings tegether quotations from his reading, musings on his life and times, and random odds and ends (such as the plan of a large garden he kept.) The early entries on fiction make up the raw material for the influential Aspects of the Novel. The book is most valuable for its self-portrait of Forster during those long years of miscellaneous prose after A Passage to India . Forster's thoughts are laced with self-doubt and laments about his ``central weakness which prevents me from concentrating.'' An intriguing hodgepodge that will be of interest primarily to scholars. Keith Cushman, English Dept., Univ. of North Carolina, Greensboro (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Choice on 1986-07:
From the early part of 1928 until the latter part of 1968, The Commonplace Book served E.M. Forster as a place to record quotations, observations, and inchoate ideas that reveal what was of concern to him during that period. This book is of interest and value to the scholar and general reader alike for it adds depth to one's understanding of Aspects of the Novel (1927) and the essays in Abinger Harvest (1936) and Two Cheers for Democracy (1951). Further, one has the simple but profound joy of mulling over the thoughts and feelings of a truly interesting and decent person. However, given the nature of the work, one does not read large portions at any one sitting; nevertheless, one is provoked everywhere by however much one does read. A facsimile edition was published in 1978, but the price and small number of printed copies, 350, limited the accessibility of the work. So, for this publication, one is grateful to the publisher and the editor, Philip Gardner, who provides in his introduction and notes following the text a sufficient amount of information to satisfy every reader. A handsome edition of an interesting work, highly recommended for libraries serving graduate students and upper-division undergraduates.-W. Wager, SUNY College at Oneonta

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