E.M. Forster was a British novelist and essayist. A prolific British writer of the twentieth century, Edward Morgan Forster was born in London on New Year's Eve in 1879 to Morgan and Alice Forster. His father died when Forster was nearly two years old, and his mother raised him. Educated at Tonbridge School and Kings College, Forster had been to Italy, Greece, Germany, the United States, Egypt, and India. He began his literary career with short stories, which he published in “Independent Review,” a literary journal that Forster, along with Lowes Dickinson, started in 1903. Forster wrote his first novel, Where Angels Fear to Tread, in 1905 and the autobiographical work The Longest Journey two years afterwards. A Room with a View (1908), Howards End (1910), and A Passage to India (1924) brought him literary fame. Maurice, which deals with the topic of homosexuality, was published posthumously in 1971.