The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Urban Literary Studies

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Forster’s (Un)Seen City

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-62592-8_64-1

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Definition

Forster’s sensory experience of Alexandria is defined by his intimation of an unseen Greek city marked by scientific artificial beauty, intellectuality and sensuality at once.

Introduction

As a novelist, E. M. Forster’s decision to write a guidebook or a history book about Alexandria seemed peculiar and degrading to his friend D. H. Lawrence. But Forster’s Alexandria: A History and a Guide is much more than both. There was no calculation whatsoever, either of Forster’s status as an already celebrated novelist or of the expected readership of the guidebook, behind his writing of it. It was a pure work of...

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References

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Independent ScholarHong KongChina