E.M. Forster (1879-1970) was a critic and novelist. Among his books are A Room with a View, A Passage to India, Howards End, and Aspects of the Novel. He discovered Eliza Fay’s Letters while living in India in 1921-22 and published two articles about her journey before compiling the notes that were originally published in the 1925 edition of the book.
It took Eliza Fay over a year to travel from London to Calcutta at the end of the eighteenth century. The letters she wrote along the way are unguarded and lively and provide an unparalleled view of the adventure that was travel in days past.
Howard Sturgis was close friends with Henry James and Edith Wharton. “More Jamesian than the Master in hinting at melodrama yet keeping it at arm’s length, Sturgis is an absolute modern in stirring up tensions on behalf of one of the quietest heroes in British fiction.” —The New Republic