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This unique research of correspondence among E.M. Forster and Christopher Isherwood illuminates how those influential writers grappled with WII, their own relationships, and their artistic works.

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I do not think it is very good—except for the balancing of the two couples, which is certainly marvellous. Any other writer would have had to tether them into their position with a few strings, but Tolstoy leaves them to float naturally in his air. I can’t think of any other novelist, dramatist, etc. who could do this. It’s neither a plan, nor is it a happy chance. It’s something for which there’s no word in criticism. K. has been a great pleasure. But the characters are not really masterpieces, Anna has been much overpraised and Kitty’s nothing at all.

But I couldn’t see one. I ought perhaps to make clear that the friends I am stopping with are called Charles and Marie Mauron, that he translated A Passage to India into French, that their house is called Mas d’Angiranz, and that it is close to “Les Monuments” of St Rémy-de-Provence. They pay for everything (which they cannot afford) so my holiday will only cost me £10. Still I do wish I was[sic] on the Canaries. If Mr Abercromby had disappointed you less he might have me more. I can’t tell you how glad I am to know about him, nor how lightly I condole with you for a companionship which produced so many memorable phrases.

Then they will sell it to a combine— but not in our time. I am slowly learning Portuguese. It is hideous but rather amusing to see how indistinctly one can talk.

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