A Room with a View and Howards End

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Signet Classic, 1986 - Fiction - 449 pages
65 Reviews
Wit and intelligence all halmarks of these two probing portraids of the English character written by E.M. Forster. Both are stories of extreme contrasts - in values, social class and cultural perspectives. Romantic relationships lead to conventonal happiness in the delightful social comedy 'A Room With' and to unexpected scandal in the richer, deeply moving novel 'Howards End'.

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cute. I love happy endings! - Goodreads
It was a little hard for me to get used to the prose. - Goodreads
The plot is fairly simple. - Goodreads
Good prose, but nothing that could keep my interest. - Goodreads
So many quotable lines, lovely romantic ending. - LibraryThing
Howards End was more difficult to read for me too. - Goodreads

Review: A Room with a View / Howards End

User Review  - Italo Italophiles - Goodreads

If you've only ever seen the film adapted, very faithfully, from the novella A Room With a View, I strongly suggest you read the novella and savor the words that inspired the modern movie classic ... Read full review

Review: A Room with a View / Howards End

User Review  - Kenneth Elliott Iltz - Goodreads

After trying to read two new novels and giving up after about 30 pages, I went back to my comfort zone. The plot is fairly simple. The heroine, Miss Lucy Honeychurch, heads to Italy on the grand tour ... Read full review

About the author (1986)

Edward Morgan Forster was born in London in 1879, attended Tonbridge School as a day boy, and went on to King's College, Cambridge, in 1897. With King's he had a lifelong connection and was elected to an Honorary Fellowship in 1946. He declared that his life as a whole had not been dramatic, and he was unfailingly modest about his achievements. Interviewed by the BBC on his eightieth birthday, he said: 'I have not written as much as I'd like to . . . I write for two reasons: partly to make money and partly to win the respect of people whom I respect . . . I had better add that I am quite sure I am not a great novelist.' Eminent critics and the general public have judged otherwise and in his obituary The Times called him 'one of the most esteemed English novelists of his time'.

He wrote six novels, four of which appeared before the First World War, Where Angels Fear to Tread (1905), The Longest Journey (1907), A Room with a View (1908), and Howard's End (1910). An interval of fourteen years elapsed before he published A Passage to India. It won both the Prix Femina Vie Heureuse and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. Maurice, his novel on a homosexual theme, finished in 1914, was published posthumously in 1971. He also published two volumes of short stories; two collections of essays; a critical work, Aspects of the Novel; The Hill of Devi, a fascinating record of two visits Forster made to the Indian State of Dewas Senior; two biographies; two books about Alexandria (where he worked for the Red Cross in the First World War); and, with Eric Crozier, the libretto for Britten's opera Billy Budd. He died in June 1970.

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