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Difficult Rhythm: Music and the Word in E.M. Forster
by Michelle Fillion
University of Illinois Press, 2013
Paper: 978-0-252-07902-3 | Cloth: 978-0-252-03565-4
Library of Congress Classification PR6011.O58Z6539 2010
Dewey Decimal Classification 823.914

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ABOUT THIS BOOK

Difficult Rhythm examines E. M. Forster's irrepressible interest in music, providing plentiful examples of how the eminent British author's fiction resonates with music. Musicologist Michelle Fillion analyzes his critical writings, short stories, and novels, including A Room with a View, which alludes to Beethoven, Wagner, and Schumann, and Howards End, which explicitly alerts readers how fiction can adopt musical forms and ideas. This volume also includes, for the first time in print, Forster's notes on Beethoven's piano sonatas. Documenting his knowledge of music, his musical favorites and friends, and his attitudes toward various composers, performances, and competing musical theories, this engaging book traces the musical influences of luminaries such as Wagner, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, and Britten on Forster's life and work.

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