We may still contrive to raise three cheers for democracy, although at present she deserves only two"" is part of E.M. Forster's foundation for the title of his first full length book since to India. It is a collection of anecdotes, essays, lectures, criticism and comments which provide some stimulating observations on such subjects as race prejudice, nazlism, tolerance, the arts, the of criticism, as well as many lively thumbnail sketches of artists and writers from Shakespeare and Voltaire to Gide and Woolf. As a writer, Forster's comments on literature and literary figures are grouped under the heading of his credo- since in the arts and in personal relationships lies his faith. A bit superficial and traditional, if healthily so, in the statement of his social beliefs, Forster advocates an aristocracy of the sensible and plucky... Some comfortable contemporary criticism, which often creates a desire for further inquiry.