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Elizabeth Bowen, CBE was an Irish novelist and short story writer.
Born: June 7, 1899, Dublin, Republic of Ireland
Died: February 22, 1973, London, United Kingdom
Education: Downe House School
Lived: White Lodge, Headington House Lodge, Old High St, Oxford, OX3 9HN, UK (51.76127, -1.21159)
2 Clarence Terrace, Marylebone, London NW1 4RD, UK (51.52501, -0.15946)
Bowen's Court, Farahy, Co. Cork, Ireland (52.23727, -8.45635)
Buried: Farahy Church Cemetery (North Cork), Farahy, County Cork, Ireland
Find A Grave Memorial# 13718039
Movies: The Last September

In 1923 Elizabeth Bowen married Alan Charles Cameron. and when he was appointed Secretary to the City of Oxford Education Committee in 1925, they moved to Waldencote in the Croft in Old Headington. The house was originally the Coach House for Headington Lodge, and has now reverted to that name.
Address: Headington House Lodge, Old High St, Oxford, OX3 9HN, UK (51.76127, -1.21159)
Type: Private Property
Place
White Lodge in Osler Road is the south wing of the mansion that was known as Headington Lodge. The main part of the mansion to the north is now known as Sandy Lodge. In the late XVIII century the brewer Edward Tawney (1735–1800) built a “gentleman’s farmhouse” in the Croft (Osler Road did not exist until 1802.) On his death in 1800 he left that farmhouse to his cousin’s daughter, Mrs Ann Wharton (née Tawney), with instructions that it should go to her eldest son Theophilus Wharton after her death. Theophilus Wharton inherited his mother’s farmhouse on her death in 1824, and lived in the farmhouse with his brother Bryan (1782–1839.) Neither of the brothers married, and they converted the farmhouse into the regency villa it is today. It was originally known as Headington Lodge, and its main entrance was in Osler Road, where its own little lodge (or gatehouse) still stands to the south, beside Cuckoo Lane. The present house called Greenways is in part of what was Wharton’s garden. Its former lodge is now 38 Osler Road. On the death of Theophilus Wharton in 1831 Headington Lodge passed to his nephew (and Ann Wharton’s grandson), Mark Theophilus Morrell. On his death in 1842 it passed to his cousin, Charles Tawney. Charles (1780–1853) was a partner in the Hall & Tawney Brewery and had been Mayor of Oxford in 1837 and 1840. His town home was Brewery House in Paradise Street, Oxford, but he must have used this as his country retreat, as the Headington Rent-Book for Dec. 1850 shows him as both owner and occupier at this time. Its rateable value was then £58, and its estimated extent just over 5 acres. Charles Tawney died in 1853 and his wife in 1854, and their children, Henry Copland Tawney and Mrs Elizabeth Copland Fisher inherited the house. Between 1861 and 1902 Headington Lodge was let out to various people: Mrs Williams (1861), the Misses Hillderson (1863), John Martin, a retired storekeeper from Portsmouth Dockyard (1871), George Crunwell (1875–6), Colonel (later Major General) John Desborough (while he rebuilt The Priory, 1877–1883), Frederick Evans (1890–95), and Mrs Burch (1896–7.) In 1881 the mansion was bought and then rented out by William Wootten-Wootten of Headington House. His widow gave it to their son Montague on his marriage in 1888, but initially he continued to live in St Giles. By the time of the 1901 census the whole house had become known as White Lodge rather than Headington Lodge, and Montague Wootten is listed there at the age of 48 with his wife Mary and three-year-old son Kenneth, looked after by six indoor servants, with his gardener living in the lodge. Eight years later, in 1909, Montague Wootten committed suicide in the house as a result of financial problems: he was a partner of Parsons, Thomson & Co. (Barclays) at the Old Bank in Oxford’s High Street. The house was leased by a Mrs Newall or Newhall from 1910 to 1914. The next lessee, Miss MacGregor, founded Headington School in this house. It was opened by the Bishop of Liverpool in 1915 with ten boarders and eight day-girls. By 1918 the school had transferred to Brookside. In 1920 The Lodge was bought from Montague Wootten-Wootten’s estate by Edwin J. Hall, who lived in Clifton House on the London Road and built the cinema in New High Street in his garden. Hall divided it into the two separate houses it is today, naming them White Lodge and Sandy Lodge, and let them out to Walter Smith and Raymond Holmes respectively. The novelist Elizabeth Bowen lived at White Lodge from 1960 to 1965.
Life
Who: Elizabeth Bowen, CBE (June 7, 1899 – February 22, 1973)
Elizabeth Bowen’s marriage to Cameron (which survived until his death 22 years later) was apparently not consummated, and early in 1933 Elizabeth fell in love with Humphry House. She had an affair with him that continued after his marriage in Dec. 1933, and his wife, Madeleine House, came with her baby to stay with Elizabeth Bowen at Waldencote in the spring of 1935. Later in 1935 Elizabeth Bowen left Waldencote and moved to London with her husband, who had been appointed Secretary to the Central Council for Schools Broadcasting. In 1952 (after more books and more affairs), Elizabeth Bowen moved with her husband to Bowen’s Court (the house in Cork that Elizabeth had inherited back in 1930 on the death of her father); and in August that year her husband died there. In 1959 she was forced to sell Bowen’s Court, which was demolished in 1960. Elizabeth Bowen returned to Old Headington in 1960, and for the next five years lived at White Lodge, where she is listed in Kelly’s Directory simply as “Mrs A. Cameron.” She was President of the Old Headington branch of the Women’s Institute from 1961 to 1964. Elizabeth Bowen moved to Hythe in 1965. She died of lung cancer in University College Hospital on February 22, 1973. She was buried with her husband in Cork.



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English Heritage Blue Plaque: 1–7 Clarence Terrace, Elizabeth Bowen (1899–1973), "Writer lived here 1935–1952"
Address: 2 Clarence Terrace, Marylebone, London NW1 4RD, UK (51.52501, -0.15946)
Type: Private Property
English Heritage Building ID: 209191 (Grade I, 1970)
Place
Clarence Terrace overlooks Regent’s Park in Marylebone, City of Westminster, London. This terrace is the smallest in the park. This row of terraced houses is named after William IV. It was designed by Decimus Burton. It is composed of three sections, a centre and two wings, of the Corinthian order, connected by two colonnades of the Ilyssus Ionic order. The elevation is divided into three stories; namely, a rusticated entrance, which serves as a basement to the others, a Corinthian order embellishing the drawing room and chamber stories. There is also a well proportioned entablature.
Life
Who: Elizabeth Bowen, CBE (June 7, 1899 – February 22, 1973)
Elizabeth Bowen was an Anglo-Irish novelist and short story writer. In 1923 she married Alan Cameron, an educational administrator who subsequently worked for the BBC. The marriage has been described as "a sexless but contented union." The marriage was reportedly never consummated. She had various extra-marital relationships, including one with Charles Ritchie, a Canadian diplomat seven years her junior, which lasted over thirty years. She also had an affair with the Irish writer Seán Ó Faoláin and a relationship with the American poet May Sarton. Bowen and her husband first lived near Oxford, where they socialized with Maurice Bowra, John Buchan and Susan Buchan, and where she wrote her early novels, including “The Last September” (1929.) Following the publication of “To the North” (1932) they moved to 2 Clarence Terrace, Regent’s Park, London, where she wrote “The House in Paris” (1935) and “The Death of the Heart” (1938.) In 1937, she became a member of the Irish Academy of Letters. In 1977, Victoria Glendinning published the first biography on Elizabeth Bowen. In 2009, Glendinning published a book about the relationship between Charles Ritchie and Bowen, based on his diaries and her letters to him. In 2012, English Heritage marked Bowen’s Regent’s Park home at Clarence Terrace with a blue plaque. A blue plaque was also unveiled October 19, 2014 to mark Bowen’s residence at the Coach House, The Croft, Headington from 1925-35.


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Bowen's Court was a historic country house near Kildorrery in County Cork, Ireland.
Address: Farahy, Co. Cork, Ireland (52.23727, -8.45635)
Type: Private Property
Place
Built in the 1770s
Bowen’s Court was located in the townland of Farahy near Kildorrery in North Cork. The house was built by Henry Cole Bowen. The house was the seat of the Bowen family until 1959 when it was sold by the author Elizabeth Bowen. Wilson, writing in 1786, refers to it as Faraghy, the seat of Mr. Cole Bowen. It was held in fee by Mrs. Eliza Bowen at the time of Griffith’s Valuation, when it was valued at £75. (“House: Bowen’s Court” Landed Estates Database). The house was demolished in 1961. All that remains today is the walls of the 2.5 acre garden. Elizabeth Bowen re-used descriptions of the house in her novels. For example, the house in “The Last September” is directly modelled on Bowen’s Court. Bowen wrote a history of the house, entitled “Bowen's Court,” in 1942.
Life
Who: Elizabeth Bowen, CBE (June 7, 1899 – February 22, 1973)
Elizabeth Dorothea Cole Bowen was born on June 7, 1899 at 15 Herbert Place in Dublin and baptised in the nearby St Stephen's Church on Upper Mount Street. Her parents, Henry Charles Cole Bowen and Florence (née Colley) Bowen later brought her to Bowen's Court at Farahy, near Kildorrery, County Cork, where she spent her summers. She mixed with the Bloomsbury Group, becoming good friends with Rose Macaulay who helped her seek out a publisher for her first book, a collection of short stories entitled Encounters (1923). In 1930 Bowen became the first (and only) woman to inherit Bowen's Court, but remained based in England, making frequent visits to Ireland. Her husband, Alan Cameron, retired in 1952 and they settled in Bowen’s Court, where Cameron died a few months later. Many writers visited her at Bowen's Court from 1930 onwards, including Virginia Woolf, Eudora Welty, Carson McCullers, Iris Murdoch, and the historian Veronica Wedgwood. For years Bowen struggled to keep the house going, lecturing in the United States to earn money. In 1957 her portrait was painted at Bowen's Court by her friend, painter Patrick Hennessy. She travelled to Italy in 1958 to research and prepare “A Time in Rome” (1960), but by the following year Bowen was forced to sell her beloved Bowen's Court, which was demolished in 1961. After spending some years without a permanent home, Bowen finally settled at "Carbery", Church Hill, Hythe, in 1965. In 1972 Bowen developed lung cancer. She died in University College Hospital on February 22, 1973, aged 73. She is buried with her husband in Farahy, County Cork churchyard, close to the gates of Bowen's Court, where there is a memorial plaque to the author at the entrance to St Colman's Church, where a commemoration of her life is held annually.



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Edward Morgan Forster OM CH, better known by his pen name E. M. Forster, was an English novelist, short story writer, essayist and librettist.
Born: January 1, 1879, Marylebone, United Kingdom
Died: June 7, 1970, Coventry, United Kingdom
Movies: Maurice, A Room with a View, Howards End, A Passage to India, Where Angels Fear to Tread, A Diary for Timothy, Plug
Short stories: The Machine Stops, The Other Boat, The Other Side of the Hedge, The Life to Come
Lived:
6 Melcombe Pl, London NW1, UK (51.52221, -0.162)
11 Drayton Court, Drayton Gardens, Kensington, London SW10 9RQ, UK (51.49017, -0.18257)
5 Gray’s Inn Square, London WC1R 5AH, UK (51.51967, -0.11313)
26 and 27 Brunswick Square, London WC1N 1AW, UK (51.52418, -0.12257)
6 Hammersmith Terrace, London W6 9TS, UK (51.48984, -0.24237) [English Heritage Building ID: 201808 (Grade II, 1954) (Map: Greater London 6)
9 Arlington Park Mansions, Sutton Ln N, Chiswick, London W4 4HE, UK (51.49012, -0.26945) (Map: Greater London 7)
Rooks Nest House, Weston Road, Stevenage, Hertfordshire SG1 4DE, UK (51.92227, -0.19294)
Dryhurst, Dry Hill Park Rd, Tonbridge, Kent TN10 3BN, UK (51.20436, 0.27649)
12 King’s Parade, Cambridge CB2 1SJ, UK (52.2045, 0.11765) [English Heritage Building ID: 47521 (Grade II, 1950)]
3 Trumpington St, Cambridge CB2, UK (52.20323, 0.11749)
Palazzo Jennings Riccioli, Corso dei Tintori, 7, 50122 Firenze, Italy (43.76701, 11.26172)
Kingsley Hotel, now Thistle Holborn, 36-37 Bloomsbury Way, WC1A
19 Monument Green, Weybridge, Surrey KT13 8QT, UK (51.37389, -0.4548)
Hackhurst Ln, Abinger Hammer, Dorking, Surrey RH5 6SF, UK (51.22035, -0.43088)
5 St Lukes Pl, New York, NY 10014, USA (40.73018, -74.00638)
11 Salisbury Ave, Coventry, West Midlands CV3 5DA, UK (52.38834, -1.50951)
Studied: University of Cambridge
King's College, Cambridge
Tonbridge School
Buried: Canley Garden Cemetery and Crematorium, Canley, Metropolitan Borough of Coventry, West Midlands, England

Edward Morgan Forster was an English novelist, short story writer, essayist and librettist. Forster was a humanist, homosexual, lifelong bachelor. He developed a long-term loving relationship with Bob Buckingham, a married police officer (his wife's name was May), whom he met in 1930 during an evening organized by J.R. Ackerley. Buckingham was there as a friend of Harry Daley, Ackerley’s current lover and Foster’s previous. When the two met, Buckingham was 28, Forster 51. May became his friend and nursemaid. Forster included the couple in his circle, which also included the writer and arts editor of The Listener, J.R. Ackerley, the psychologist Sebastian Sprott, and, for a time, the composer Benjamin Britten. Other writers with whom Forster associated included the poet Siegfried Sassoon and the Belfast-based novelist Forrest Reid. Another of Forster’s lovers was Charles Mauron (1899-1966), a French translator of contemporary English authors. Forster died of a stroke in Coventry on June 7, 1970, at the age of 91, at the home of the Buckinghams. Maurice (1971), a homosexual love story, was published posthumously. "A happy ending was imperative," Forster writes in Maurice's Terminal Notes, even though Maurice says: "All the world's against us."
Together from 1930 to 1970: 40 years.
Edward Morgan “E.M.” Forster (January 1, 1879 – June 7, 1970)



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English Heritage Blue Plaque: Arlington Park Mansions, Sutton Lane, Turnham Green, E. M. Forster (1879–1970), "Novelist lived here"
Addresses:
6 Melcombe Pl, London NW1, UK (51.52221, -0.162)
11 Drayton Court, Drayton Gardens, Kensington, London SW10 9RQ, UK (51.49017, -0.18257)
5 Gray’s Inn Square, London WC1R 5AH, UK (51.51967, -0.11313)
26 and 27 Brunswick Square, London WC1N 1AW, UK (51.52418, -0.12257)
6 Hammersmith Terrace, London W6 9TS, UK (51.48984, -0.24237) [English Heritage Building ID: 201808 (Grade II, 1954) (Map: Greater London 6)
9 Arlington Park Mansions, Sutton Ln N, Chiswick, London W4 4HE, UK (51.49012, -0.26945) (Map: Greater London 7)
Place
E.M. Forster lived in various addresses in London:
- in 1879, 6 Melcombe Place, Marylebone, NW1 E.M. Forster was born into an Anglo-Irish and Welsh middle-class family here in Dorset Square, in a building that no longer exists.
- in 1904, 11 Drayton Court, Drayton Gardens, Kensington, SW10
- in 1909 5 Raymond Buildings, Gray’s Inn, Camden (see Gray’s Inn)
- from 1925 to 1930, 27 Brunswick Square, Bloomsbury, WC1N.
- in 1930, 6 Hammersmith Terrace, W6:
Hammersmith Terrace is a street of brick-built 17 houses in Hammersmith, London, all of which are Grade II listed houses (except no 7 which is Grade II) built in about 1770, and that has been home to several notable artists. 6 Hammersmith Terrace was the house of J.R. Ackerley (November 4, 1896 – June 4, 1967) from 1925 to 1933, and in this flat Forster first met Bob Buckingham.
- from 1930 to 1940, 26 Brunswick Square, Bloomsbury
- until 1961, 9 Arlington Park Mansions, Sutton Lane, Chiswick, W4:
Bedford Park, designed largely by Norman Shaw, was described by Nikolaus Pevsner as the first place "where the relaxed, informal mood of a market town or village was adopted for a complete speculatively built suburb.” Some of the most beautiful period mansion blocks in the area, such as Heathfield Court and Arlington Mansions, line the sides of Turnham Green – the site of the Battle of Turnham Green in 1642. Other suburbs of Chiswick include Grove Park (south of the A4, close to Chiswick railway station) and Strand on the Green, a fishing hamlet until the late XVIII century. In 1896, Bedford Park was advertised as being in Chiswick, though at that time much of it was in Acton.
Life
Who: Edward Morgan Forster OM CH (January 1, 1879 – June 7, 1970)
E. M. Forster was a novelist, short story writer, essayist and librettist. He is known best for his ironic and well-plotted novels examining class difference and hypocrisy in early XX century British society. Forster’s humanistic impulse toward understanding and sympathy may be aptly summed up in the epigraph to his 1910 novel “Howards End”: "Only connect ...” His 1908 novel, “A Room with a View,” is his most optimistic work, while “A Passage to India” (1924) brought him his greatest success. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 13 different years. Forster was homosexual (open to his close friends, but not to the public) and a lifelong bachelor. He developed a long-term, loving relationship with Bob Buckingham, a married policeman. Forster included Buckingham and his wife May in his circle, which included J. R. Ackerley, a writer and literary editor of The Listener, the psychologist W. J. H. Sprott and, for a time, the composer Benjamin Britten. Other writers with whom Forster associated included Christopher Isherwood, the poet Siegfried Sassoon, and the Belfast-based novelist Forrest Reid.



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E.M. Forster spent some of his childhood between 1883 and 1893 living at Rooks Nest, now known as Howards, which is located towards the northern end of Weston Road.
Address: Weston Road, Stevenage, Hertfordshire SG1 4DE, UK (51.92227, -0.19294)
Type: Private Property
English Heritage Building ID: 158120 (Grade I, 1976)
Place
Built XVII century or earlier, refronted XVIII century.
Main structure timber framed. Front wall red brick with some grey headers. Old tiled roof with 2 gabled lattice casement dormers. 2 storeys and attics; 1st floor 3 casement windows with glazing bars under cambered arches; ground floor 1 similar casement, French window on left, canted bay window on rignt. Large central chimneystack. Interior: ground floor bressummer to wide fireplace, timber framework exposed in some rooms, XVIII century fielded panelled doors.
Life
Who: Edward Morgan Forster OM CH (January 1, 1879 – June 7, 1970)
The English cricketer, Robert Wilkinson was the landlord of a house named Rooks Nest near Chesfield Park, on Weston Road, Stevenage, rented between 1883 and 1893 by the author E.M. Forster and his mother Lily. They had to leave, unwillingly, when the Poyntz Stewarts, to whom the property had passed, wished it vacated. Forster had written a piece about the house, the "Rooksnest memoir", by 1894, when he was 15; and it mentions Wilkinson as landlord. “Howards End” (1910) was his novel about his childhood home; he continued to visit the house into the later 1940s, and he retained the furniture all his life.



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In 1893 E.M. Forster, author of “Maurice,” lived at Dryhurst in Kent.
Address: Dry Hill Park Rd, Tonbridge, Kent TN10 3BN, UK (51.20436, 0.27649)
Type: Private Property
Life
Who: Edward Morgan Forster OM CH (January 1, 1879 – June 7, 1970)
“Maurice” (1971) by E.M. Forster was published posthumously. It is a homosexual love story which also returns to matters familiar from Forster’s first three novels, such as the suburbs of London in the home counties, the experience of attending Cambridge, and the wild landscape of Wiltshire. The novel was controversial, given that Forster’s homosexuality had not been previously known or widely acknowledged. Today’s critics continue to argue over the extent to which Forster’s sexuality and personal activities influenced his writing. “Maurice” was adapted as a film in 1987 by the Merchant-Ivory team.



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E.M. Forster was elected an honorary fellow of King’s College in January 1946, and lived for the most part in the college, doing relatively little. He declined a knighthood in 1949 and was made a Companion of Honour in 1953. Forster was President of the Cambridge Humanists from 1959 until his death. In 1969 he was made a member of the Order of Merit. Forster died of a stroke on June 7, 1970 at the age of 91, at Bob Buckingham’s home in Coventry.
Addresses:
12 King’s Parade, Cambridge CB2 1SJ, UK (52.2045, 0.11765) [English Heritage Building ID: 47521 (Grade II, 1950)]
3 Trumpington St, Cambridge CB2, UK (52.20323, 0.11749)
Place
E.M. Forster lived at two addresses in Cambridge:
- from 1900 to 1901 at 12 King’s Parade, Cambridge
Note: Edward FitzGerald lodged at 19 King’s Parade, Cambridge, as an Undergraduate of Cambridge University from 1826 to 1830.
- in 1946 at 3 Trumpington Street, Cambridge
Life
Who: Edward Morgan Forster OM CH (January 1, 1879 – June 7, 1970)
At King’s College, Cambridge, between 1897 and 1901, E.M. Forster became a member of a discussion society known as the Apostles (formally named the Cambridge Conversazione Society.) Many of its members went on to constitute what came to be known as the Bloomsbury Group, of which Forster was a peripheral member in the 1910s and 1920s. There is a famous recreation of Forster’s Cambridge at the beginning of “The Longest Journey.” The Schlegel sisters of “Howards End” are based to some degree on Vanessa and Virginia Stephens, later Bell and Woolf, respectively.



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Palazzo Jennings Riccioli, or Guasconi, is a palace in Florence, on Corso Tintori 7, looking at Lungarno delle Grazie.
Address: Corso dei Tintori, 7, 50122 Firenze, Italy (43.76701, 11.26172)
Type: Guest Facility (open to public)
Place
On the door is a shield with the arms of Guasconi and a stone plaque that recalls that here was, until recently, the Jennings Riccioli hotel. At the beginning of the XX century, in the same place, there was the Pensione Simi, where E.M. Forster stayed while in Florence: using the same interiors, the writer modeled the "pensione Bertolini" that is the backdrop for much of his novel “A Room with a View.” In the forties of the XX century here spent a long time the writer Tommaso Landolfi.
Life
Who: Edward Morgan Forster OM CH (January 1, 1879 – June 7, 1970)
A riverside residence, the Pensione Simi, at 2 Lungarno delle Grazie, was the home in 1901 of the novelist E.M. Forster and his mother. They had originally stayed at the nearby Albergo Bonciani, which Forster had liked, but his mother insisted they move because she wanted a room with a view. The Simi had a cockney landlady, who, according to Forster, “Scatters Hs like morsels.” Forster’s letter from there in 1902 epitomises the lifestyle of the pensione resident: “Oh what a viewpoint is the English hotel or Pension! Our life is where we sleep and eat, and the glimpses of Italy that I get are only accidents.” Forster returned to the Pensione Simi in each of the next two years and spent a further six years planning “A Room with a View,” during which time he wrote another Tuscany-based novel, “Where Angels Fear to Tread,” set in San Gimignano.


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E.M. Forster and his mother occasionally lodged at the former Kingsley Hotel, now Thistle Holborn (36-37 Bloomsbury Way, WC1A), a rather forlom looking Edwardian hotel (named after “Water Babies” author Charles Kingsley) as it was near the Working Men’s College in Great Ormond Street, where Forster taught Latin. At the Kingsley, Forster wrote parts of his early “Italian” novels, “Where Angels Fear to Tread” (1905) and “A Room with a View” (1908), which were based on his experiences travelling throughout that country with his mother in the early years of the century.



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From 1925 until his mother’s death at age 90 on March 11, 1945, Forster lived with her at West Hackhurst, Abinger Hammer, finally leaving on or around September 23, 1946.
Addresses:
19 Monument Green, Weybridge, Surrey KT13 8QT, UK (51.37389, -0.4548)
Hackhurst Ln, Abinger Hammer, Dorking, Surrey RH5 6SF, UK (51.22035, -0.43088)
Place
E.M. Forster lived in various addresses in Surrey:
- from 1904 to 1925, 19 Monument Green, Weybridge
- from 1925 to 1945, West Hackhurst, Hackurst Lane, Abinger Hammer, Dorking
Life
Who: Edward Morgan Forster OM CH (January 1, 1879 – June 7, 1970)
Surrey was home to Forster for over 40 years. As a child he visited his aunt at West Hackhurst (a house designed by his architect father), in the village of Abinger. Later he inherited the lease and lived there with his mother until her death. In September, 1946, he was forced to leave the property when the landlord refused to renew the lease. He adored the Surrey Hills and was inspired to use Coldharbour and Holmbury St Mary as settings in “A Room with a View.” He wrote scripts for two local pageants: “Abinger Pageant” in 1934 (held in the grounds of the Old Rectory, with proceeds going to St James church), and “England’s Pleasant Land” in 1938. Both were collaborations with Sir Ralph Vaughan-Williams and the latter performed in aid of the Dorking and Leith Hill Preservation Society, in the grounds of Milton Court, Westcott, where reportedly the idyllic setting was interrupted by rain. His essay “Abinger Harvest,” published in 1936, was also written to celebrate the village. Forster declined a knighthood in 1949 but on his 90th birthday he received the Order of Merit. After failing health in old age he died of a stroke in Coventry in June 1970, aged 91.



Queer Places, Vol. 2 edited by Elisa Rolle
ISBN-13: 978-1532906312
ISBN-10: 1532906315
Release Date: July 24, 2016
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An imposing row of 15 Italianate town houses, constructed on a master design for well-to-do merchants between 1851 and 1854. The ironwork, arched doorways, long French windows, and bracketed roof cornices are especially notable.
Address: 5 St Lukes Pl, New York, NY 10014, USA (40.73018, -74.00638)
Type: Private Property
National Register of Historic Places: Greenwich Village Historic District (Roughly bounded by W. 13th St., St. Luke's Pl., University Pl., and Washington St.), 79001604, 1979
Notable queer residents at St. Lukes Place:
• Novelist Sherwood Anderson lived at No.12 in 1923.
• Poet Marianne Moore lived at No. 14 (1918-1929); in 1925, she became editor of The Dial.
• Painters Paul Cadmus and Jared French lived at No. 5; in 1947, novelist E.M. Forster stayed with them while visiting New York.
• No. 16 was the home of Novelist Theodore Dreiser; he began writing “An American Tragedy” while living here.
• Arthur Laurents lived at No. 9 for 50 years. A year after his death, the contents of his home, furniture, set and costume designs, memorabilia and more, went up for auction. Laurents’ personal papers, including manuscripts, letters and record albums, have been given to the Library of Congress. Laurents bought the XIX-century house in about 1960 for something like $60,000. Word is that Nathan Rothschild, who owns the house next door, has bought it and plans to combine the two. The price is said to be $9 million. Proceeds from the sale of the house and Laurents’ estate went to the Laurents/Hatcher Foundation, a charitable trust that supports new plays. Tom Hatcher was Laurents’ lover until his death in 2006. Their ashes are buried by a bench in Quogue, LI, where they had a beach house.
Life
Who: Edward Morgan Forster OM CH (January 1, 1879 – June 7, 1970)
The years immediately following E.M. Forster’s mother’s death were terrible for him; not only did he suffer intense grief, he also became worried that Bob Buckingham was no longer interested in him. But by 1949 the two men were on good terms again and they visited New York together, where they were photographed by George Platt Lynes. The photographs are remarkable: Forster looks every inch the eminent writer, Buckingham looks handsome and relaxed. In one, a domestic portrait of the pair, they gaze directly at one another with great humour and warmth, Buckingham shining down on Forster. For two men not publicly "out" in any way, it is an extraordinarily revealing pose.


by Elisa Rolle

Queer Places, Vol. 1 edited by Elisa Rolle
ISBN-13: 978-1532901904
ISBN-10: 1532901909
Release Date: July 24, 2016
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E.M. Forster died of a stroke on June 7, 1970 at the age of 91, at the Buckinghams’ home in Coventry.
Address: 11 Salisbury Ave, Coventry, West Midlands CV3 5DA, UK (52.38834, -1.50951)
Type: Private Property
Place
Coventry is a city and metropolitan borough in the centre of England. It was the capital of England more than once in the XV century when the seat of Government was held in Coventry. Coventry’s heritage includes the Roman Fort at Baginton, Lady Godiva, St Mary’s Guildhall (where kings and queens were entertained) and three cathedrals. Located in the county of West Midlands, historically part of Warwickshire, Coventry is the 10th largest city in England and the 13th largest UK city overall. It is also the second largest city in the West Midlands region, after Birmingham, with a population of 337,400 in 2014.
Life
Who: Edward Morgan Forster OM CH (January 1, 1879 – June 7, 1970)
For 40 years, E.M. Forster and the policeman Bob Buckingham were in a loving relationship. Buckingham was 28, Forster 51, when the two met. They shared holidays, friends, interests, and – on many weekends – a domestic and sexual life in Forster’s Brunswick Square flat. Buckingham’s wife, May – also became E.M. Forster’s friend and nursemaid. Perhaps this is not so surprising for the writer who valued personal relationships above all else, and for whom the motto "only connect" applied as much to his private life as to his novels. Buckingham was a large, good-humoured man, with a nose flattened in the boxing ring, a wide smile and a deep, loud laugh. On the day they met, he impressed Forster with his knowledge of the Thames and told him he was reading Dostoevsky. Forster invited Buckingham to his flat, and soon the two became close, with Forster taking over Buckingham’s reading list, and Buckingham thrilled to become something of a highbrow. Soon Forster was in a position to write of Buckingham’s falling "violently in liking" with him. To his friend Sebastian Sprott, Forster wrote with rather old-maidish coyness that the "spiritual feeling" between him and Buckingham had now "extended to my physique.” During these early years of their relationship, Forster seems to have at last found happiness. In his Commonplace Book, he reported that "From 51 to 53 I have been happy, and would like to remind others that their turn can come too." This was in spite of Buckingham finding a girlfriend – May Hockey, a nurse – not long after he’d met Forster. In 1932 Buckingham announced that he was to marry May; the register-office wedding took place in August, with Forster as witness. Once Buckingham was married, Forster’s worst fears seemed to come true – Buckingham became rather unreliable about their meetings, and Forster panicked, calling his rival "domineering, sly and knowing" and wondering if he should break with his lover and go abroad to escape the situation. Buckingham, ever the voice of calm sense, wrote that the two of them simply had "to go without pleasure for a bit.” Following his final stroke in May 1970, Forster was fetched from his rooms at King’s College by the Buckinghams and put to bed at their Coventry house, where he died. For most of that morning, he held May’s hand. After his death, May wrote: "I now know that he was in love with Robert and therefore critical and jealous of me and our early years were very stormy, mostly because he had not the faintest idea of the pattern of our lives and was determined that Robert should not be engulfed in domesticity. Over the years he changed us both and he and I came to love one another, able to share the joys and sorrows that came." E.M. Forster is buried at Canley Garden Cemetery and Crematorium (Cannon Hill Rd, Coventry, West Midlands CV4 7DF).



Queer Places, Vol. 2 edited by Elisa Rolle
ISBN-13: 978-1532906312
ISBN-10: 1532906315
Release Date: July 24, 2016
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