Although Forster himself disavowed the possibility of relating his public life to the ""deep well,"" the underworld where fictions are generated, and believed that the study of literature -- as opposed to the experience of it -- is mere ""gossip,"" Beauman finds meaning everywhere: in Freud, in Uncle Willy's predilection for little girls, in the fact that Oscar Wilde was on trial while Forster's mother was on her honeymoon, and in Anthony Stork's theory of creativity.


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