London: Edward Arnold, 1924.
First Edition. Signed by Author. E.M. Forster. A PASSAGE TO INDIA. Signed: Edward Arnold, 1924. Octavo, 8vo., 325pp., publisher's original burgundy cloth boards boldly signed by E.M. Forster on the title page. Housed in an original custom half morocco burgundy leather and cloth clamshell box.
A beautiful example of this Forster Highlight signed by Forster. Forster's 1921 return trip to India "had the effect of releasing what was to be judged his masterpiece, A Passage to India" (DNB). Andre Gide praised Forster's last novel as "a miracle of intelligence, tact, irony, prudence and ability" (Connolly, The Modern Movement 45).
A very good, copy, the basis for the fine David Lean, 1984 Merchant-Ivory film, also the inspiration for the 1960 play by Santha Rama Rau which also influenced the film. The novel is set against the backdrop of the British Raj and the Indian independence movement in the 1920s. It was selected as one of the 100 great works of English literature by the Modern Library and won the 1924 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction. Time magazine included the novel in its "100 Best English-language Novels from 1923 to 2005. Forster borrowed the book's title from Walt Whitman's poem Leaves of Grass. Kirkpatrick A10a.
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