London: Edward Arnold & Co., 1924. 3 pp undated ads. Original deep red cloth lettered in black.
First Edition, trade issue, of Forster's famous novel of India, in which the English community is portrayed as quick to condemn an Indian doctor accused of assaulting a young Englishwoman.~...Forster's most famous novel, and the last one he wrote... There was considerable criticism of his portraits of the English in India. Forster made a humane and liberal Englishman, Fielding, a rare exception and this was less than fair. But his diagnosis of the less than perfect relationship of the Indian to his Anglo-Saxon overlord as arising from insensitivity and arrogance on the one hand, and generations of endured rudeness and condescension on the other is accurate as a factor in politics, as many non-Englishmen can testify. Forster was frequently asked why he stopped writing novels [he lived 46 more years]: 'I have nothing more to say,' he replied. [CGEL]~This is a "trade issue" copy because there were also 200 numbered copies issued in paper-covered boards (no precedence).~This volume, without half-title as issued, is in near-fine condition, with only the slightest of rubbing at the extremities (and at one small spot at the bottom of the front cover). There is much less than usual fading on the spine -- typically a problem for this deep red cloth -- and a bit of foxing only on the leaves at each end. Kirkpatrick A10a; selected as #25 in the Modern Library 100. Item #11985