E. M. Forster: The Hill of Devi

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Published in 1953, The Hill of Devi is Forster's account of the visits he made to the small princely state of Dewas Senior in 1912-13 and, more importantly, 1921. It is composed primarily of letters sent home but is supplemented by later commentary. On his first visit out, Forster went as a guest but on his second he served as private secretary to the Maharajah, for which on his departure he was awarded the highest honour of the state, the reigning Prince's Tukoji Rao III Gold Medal. The book is principally concerned with the day-to-day activities of the court, the way in which the state was ruled and administered. Never that sure what he was doing, Forster likened it to a Gilbert and Sullivan opera.

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Childs, Peter. "The Hill of Devi". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 08 January 2001
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