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Howards End (Vintage International)

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ISBN13: 9780679722557
ISBN10: 0679722556
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"Only Connect," Forster's key aphorism, informs this novel about an English country house, Howards End, and its influence on the lives of the wealthy and materialistic Wilcoxes; the cultured, idealistic Schlegel sisters; and the poor bank clerk Leonard Bast. Bringing together people from different classes and nations by way of sympathetic insight and understanding, Howards End eloquently addresses the question "Who shall inherit England?" (Lionel Trilling).

About the Author

Edward Morgan Forster was born January 1, 1879 in London and was raised from infancy by his mother and paternal aunts after his father's death. Forsters boyhood experiences at the Tonbridge School, Kent were an unpleasant contrast to the happiness he found at home, and his suffering left him with an abiding dislike of the English public school system. At Kings College, Cambridge, however he was able to pursue freely his varied interests in philosophy, literature and Mediterranean civilization, and he soon determined to devote his life to writing.

His first two novels, Where Angels Fear to Tread (1905) and The Longest Journey (1907), were both poorly received, and it was not until the publication of Howards End, in 1910, that Forster achieved his first major success as a novelist, with the work many considered his finest creation.

Forster first visited India during 1912 and 1913, and after three years as a noncombatant in Alexandria, Egypt, during World War I and several years in England, he returned for an extended visit in 1921. From those experiences came his most celebrated novel, A Passage to India, his darkest and most probing work and perhaps the best novel about India written by a foreigner.

As a man of letters , Forster was honored during and after World War II for his resistance to any and all forms of tyranny and totalitarianism, and Kings College awarded him a permanent fellowship in 1949. Forster spent his later years at Cambridge writing and teaching, and died at Coventry, England, on June 7, 1970. His novel, Maurice, written several decades earlier, was published posthumously in 1971.

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sarahk1288, January 13, 2012 (view all comments by sarahk1288)
I read quite a few books this year, and from them I have added to my list of favourites: Wise Blood (O'Connor), The Sound and the Fury (Faulkner), I Henry IV (Shakespeare), etc. But I must be true to myself and say that the best book, the book that embedded itself in my heart, this year was Howards End by E.M. Forster. Like Ishiguro's Remain's of the Day, it was the brilliant cinematic Merchant/Ivory team that led me to Howards End. Their film version, starring Emma Thompsen, Anthony Hopkins, and Helena Bonham Carter peaked my interest in Forster's work. Once I picked it up, I immediately found myself entangled in Margaret's philosophic musings, Helen's passions, and the morphing gap between the Schlegels and the Wilcoxes. It's not what one might call a quick read, but it is worth the time it may take to get through it. I turned the last page and closed the book with a sigh, ready to start it again from the beginning, ready again to wander the musty grounds of Howards End and wonder at its place in the world, to wonder at my place in this world.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780679722557
Editor:
McDonald, Erroll
Author:
McDonald, Erroll
Author:
Forster, E. M.
Author:
McDonald, Erroll
Publisher:
Vintage Books USA
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Man-woman relationships
Subject:
England
Subject:
Sisters
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Inheritance and succession
Subject:
Social conflict
Subject:
Country homes
Subject:
Hertfordshire (England) Fiction.
Subject:
Hertfordshire
Subject:
Edwardian novels
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage Classics
Series Volume:
0000
Publication Date:
19890331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
8.08x5.23x.77 in. .61 lbs.

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