A Passage to India Author:E.M. Forster "Forster's book is not about India alone; it is about all of human life." -Lionel Trilling — Published in 1924, when E. M. Forster was 45, A Passage to India is the last novel the author completed. It is also his most famous and most popular, having sold more than a million copies during Forster's lifetime and many more since. Though written at... more » a time when India seemed firmly under British rule, the book's fame increased in the 1940s during India's struggle for independence; in the '60s, when it was adapted for the stage to critical acclaim; and once more in the '80s, when director David Lean transformed it into an Academy Award-winning film.
Forster himself made three separate visits to India: in 1912, 1921, and 1945 (during his second visit he spent six months as a private secretary to a maharaja), and his firsthand experiences of the country clearly inform this novel of anticolonialism. A Passage to India remains, as The Washington Post called it, "the classic novel about India against which all others ever since have been measured and found wanting."« less