E. M. Forster: Two Cheers for Democracy (212 words)


Published in 1951 Two Cheers for Democracy is Forster's second collection of essays after Abinger Harvest in 1936. It contains essays and articles written in the fifteen years between the two books. The book's title (stating that two, not three cheers is enough) comes from the famous essay of 1939, included here, “What I Believe”, in which Forster begins by saying “I do not believe in Belief” and culminates his views in the opinion that he would sooner betray his country than his friend.

The book is divided into two parts, the first entitled “The Second Darkness” and the second “What I Believe”. The first part is concerned with World War II, and ranges over such subjects as anti-semitism, the …

Citation: Childs, Peter. "Two Cheers for Democracy". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 08 January 2001 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=8494, accessed 07 April 2020.]

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