E. M. Forster | Critical Essay by Lionel Trilling

This literature criticism consists of approximately 17 pages of analysis & critique of E. M. Forster.
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Critical Essay by Lionel Trilling

SOURCE: "The Short Stories: A Statement of Themes," in E. M. Forster, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1964, pp. 27-40.

In the excerpt below, Trilling discusses how Forster's short stories illumine our understanding of his novels.

Surely the Greek myths made too deep an impression on Forster: of the twelve stories that have been reprinted in The Celestial Omnibus and The Eternal Moment, only two, "The Road from Colonus," and "The Eternal Moment," are not in the genre of mythical fantasy and these two endure best. The others have, sometimes, wit or point or charm, one of them, "The Story of the Siren," has power, and all of them are "true" but none of them is wholly satisfying. The two non-fantastic stories, however, succeed entirely. And they are of particular interest because they contain in embryo the themes, symbols and ideas of Forster's...

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