London, June 6 (ANI): A secret cache of papers reveals how after losing virginity in a gay tryst at 38 curbed EM Forster's creative drive.
The papers finally put an end to the mystery of why Forster failed to write any novels beyond his mid-forties, reports The Times.
He did not write any novels between the publication in 1924 of A Passage To India, one of his best known works, and his death in 1970.
And now his papers, including a "sex diary", which had been locked away at his former lodgings at Cambridge University, indicate his creative drive was curbed after he lost his virginity to a wounded soldier on an Egyptian beach when he was 38 and met his long-term lover - a married policeman - several years later.
"I should have been a more famous writer if I had written or rather published more, but sex prevented the latter," Forster wrote.
"He never had sex until he was 38, although he never had doubts - even from a very young age - that he was gay," said Wendy Moffat, associate professor of English at Dickinson College, Pennsylvania. (ANI)