E. M. Forster: Abinger Harvest

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Abinger Harvest is a mixture of autobiography and criticism, a collection of around eighty articles, essays, reviews, poems and notes written by Forster for various periodicals since 1903. The book is divided into five sections: “The Present”, a commentary on contemporary life and beliefs containing “Notes on the English Character”, in which he famously says “we are perfide Albion, the island of hypocrites, the people who have built up an Empire with a Bible in one hand, a pistol in the other, and financial concessions in both pockets”; “Books”, which is an assembly of some of Forster's literary criticism; “The Past”, a number of pieces about history and historical figures; “The East”, a number of …

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Citation:
Childs, Peter. "Abinger Harvest". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 08 January 2001
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