By R. Zeikowitz
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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It’s much better not to write under the tyranny of time. “This, this, have I achieved before civilisation crashes”? No, no—I feel advancing at this point to some Grand Pronouncement. However, it will not come. ” Please give kind greetings to Heintz if you are with him. I shall send this to Wm. Plomer. He may know your whereabouts. Yours ever EM Forster * * * THE 1930s 37 From next week: Tenerife. August 26  c/o Banco Hispano Americano Las Palmas Canary Islands. Dear Forster, We arrived back yesterday from a tour of the smaller islands to find a stack of post, including your letter.
He wasn’t exactly a beggar; in that he didn’t, for a moment, pretend that he was starving, or even short of money. It appears that, especially in Spanish peasant districts, this attitude is quite fatal. You must be boastful, affluent and aggressive. “Look what they gave me in El Pinar” is the right note to strike. ” On arrival in a village, the Hungarian would go straight to the mayor and demand five pesetas. He almost invariably got it; indeed, he looked upon the money as his absolute right and perquisite.
The Canary Islanders themselves are gay and handsome and are just discovering, with enormous excitement, the Cocteau decadence cult of 1925. The only statue in the Public Gardens is [dedicated] to a poet. There is a Carlos Marx Street. Real live canaries fly about from palm tree to palm tree like sparrows. I have ordered your blow for British Freedom and await it eagerly. ” Well, at any rate, I suppose they’re British. Do write again soon, and consider seriously if you couldn’t come. It such a simple journey; and no customs examination when you arrive.
Letters between Forster and Isherwood on Homosexuality and Literature by R. Zeikowitz