E M Forster
Forster lived at Rooks Nest, Stevenage from 1883 to 1893, and there is a monument to him in Stevenage.
Forster's main novels published in his lifetime were: Where Angels Fear to Tread (1905), The Longest Journey (1907), A Room with a View (1908), Howards End (1910) and A Passage to India (1924).
Forster was gay but closeted, and a lifelong bachelor.
His gay-themed novel Maurice was written in 1913–14, but published posthumously in 1971.
Forster's life and relationships are depicted in the novel Arctic Summer by Damon Galgut (the title is that of an unfinished novel by Forster]].
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