* E.M. Forster is giving a series of lectures at Trinity College at Cambridge University in 1927.
* Forster discusses the life and career of William George Clark, who started the lecture series at Trinity College.
* Forster says he will not follow Clark's guidelines for the lecture series, in that he does not believe the study of literature can be confined to time periods.
* Forster uses excerpts from famous authors to demonstrate his point.
* His first excerpts are from Samuel Richardson and Henry James, noting that 150 years separate these like-minded writers.
* The second set of excerpts are descriptions of funerals from Charles Dickens and H.G. Wells.
* The third set of excerpts that demonstrate the futility of time periods is from Virginia Woolf and Laurence Sterne.
* Forster will discuss the novel in terms of key components.
* He warns the audience that a novel is not simply a sum of...
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