E. M. Forster: Aspects of the Novel

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A series of Clark Lectures given at Trinity College, Cambridge, in the year after T. S. Eliot had delivered them, Aspects of the Novel (1927) was written after Forster had finished with novel writing. It is an idiosyncratic survey of fiction from Defoe to Joyce. The lectures were delivered between January and March 1927 and were less academic expositions than one author's perspective on literary history, style and form. One attendee, F. R. Leavis, found them “intellectually null”, but they were a great success. On the strength of the lectures, King's College offered Forster a three-year fellowship, which he accepted.

Forster defines the novel as any work of prose fiction, and he discusses it in terms of character, …

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Childs, Peter. "Aspects of the Novel". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 08 January 2001
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