Thu, 09/09/2010 – 5:30pm
Thu, 09/09/2010 – 7:00pm

Location: Giovanni’s Room
345 South 12th Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107

Wendy Moffat, Ph.D., is the author of A Great Unrecorded History: A New Life of E. M. Forster (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $32.50 hb).

With the posthumous publication of his long-suppressed novelMaurice in 1970, E. M. Forster came out as a homosexual– though that revelation made barely a ripple in his literary reputation. As Wendy Moffat persuasively argues in A Great Unrecorded History, Forster’s homosexuality was the central fact of his life. Between Wilde’s imprisonment and the Stonewall riots, Forster led a long, strange, and imaginative life as a gay man. He preserved a vast archive of his private life–a history of gay experience he believed would find its audience in a “happier” time.

A Great Unrecorded History is a biography of the heart. Moffat’s decade of detective work–including first-time interviews with Forster’s friends–has resulted in the first book to integrate Forster’s public and private lives. Seeing his life through the lens of his sexuality offers us a radically new view–revealing his astuteness as a social critic, his political bravery, and his prophetic vision of gay intimacy.  A Great Unrecorded History invites us to see Forster– and modern gay history–from a completely new angle.

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