The Hill of Devi

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First edition
(publ. Harcourt Brace)

The Hill of Devi is an account by E. M. Forster of two visits to India in 1912-1913 and 1921, during which he worked as the private secretary to Tukojirao III, the Maharaja of the state of Dewas Senior.[citation needed] The book was first published in 1953 and is dedicated to Forster's friend, the Indian Civil Service administrator Malcolm Lyall Darling with whom he had been a contemporary at King's College, Cambridge as a student.[1]

Forster derived inspiration for the book from the famous hill-top temple of the Hindu Mother Goddess "Devi". The story is based in pre-independence India in a nondescript kingdom in the central part of the country, Dewas. The book offers an insight into the life of Indian royalty as it skilfully revolves around the internal feud between two scions of the ruling family of Dewas. The 1924 novel A Passage to India could be read along with this book.

The hill is immediately north of the old town in Dewas, at 22.97 degrees north, 76.06 degrees east.


  1. ^ Stape, J. H., ed. (1993). E. M. Forster: Interviews and Recollections. St Martins Press. p. 19. ISBN 978-1-34912-850-1.

Further reading[edit]

  • Roy, Ashish (1994). "Framing the Other: History and Literary Verisimilitude in E. M. Forster's "The Hill of Devi"". Criticism. 36 (2): 265–289. JSTOR 23116269. (Subscription required (help)).

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