Mr Fortune's Maggot (Signed copy)
This copy owned and signed by E M Forster
First edition this. Paperback. 18 × 11cm, 175pp.
This copy is from the library of E M Forster, who has signed the half-title page.
The Reverend Timothy Fortune, ex-clerk of the Hornsey Branch of Lloyds Bank, has spent ten years as a South Seas Island missionary when a 'maggot' impels him to embark on what he describes as a 'sort of pious escapade'—an assignment to the even more remote island of Fanua, where a white man is a rarity. Mr Fortune is a good man, humble, earnest—he wishes to bring the joys of Christianity to the innocent heathen. But in his three years on Fanua he makes only one convert—the boy Lueli, who loves him. This love, and the sensuous freedom of the islanders produces in Mr Fortune a change of heart which is shattering...
This copy is in good plus condition for age. There is a little wear to the cover's edges and some tanning to the spine. E M Forster's signature is clear on the half-title, the inner binding secure and pages clean, if a little age-toned as is normal with 1940s Penguins.Sold