Howards End

Forster, E. M. (Book - 1991)
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First published in 1910, Howards End is the novel that earned E. M. Forster recognition as a major writer. At its heart lie two families--the wealthy and business-minded Wilcoxes and the cultured and idealistic Schlegels. When the beautiful and independent Helen Schlegel begins an impetuous affair with the ardent Paul Wilcox, a series of events is sparked--some very funny, some very tragic--that results in a dispute over who will inherit Howards End, the Wilcoxes' charming country home. As much about the clash between individual wills as the clash between the sexes and the classes, Howards End is a novel whose central tenet, "Only connect," remains a powerful prescription for modern life. Introduction by Alfred Kazan (Book Jacket Status: Not Jacketed)
Authors: Forster, E. M. (Edward Morgan), 1879-1970
Title: Howards End
Publisher: New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, [1991]
Characteristics: xxxv, 359 p. ;,21 cm
Statement of Responsibility: E.M. Forster ; with an introduction by Alfred Kazin
ISBN: 9780679406686
Branch Call Number: FICTION FORSTER
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. xxvii)
Subject Headings: England Fiction Sisters Fiction Country homes Fiction Social classes Fiction Remarried people Fiction Illegitimate children Fiction Inheritance and succession Fiction
Genre/Form: Domestic fiction
Topical Term: Sisters
Country homes
Social classes
Remarried people
Illegitimate children
Inheritance and succession
LCCN: 91052997
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The disregard of a dying woman's bequest, a girl's attempt to help an impoverished clerk, and the marriage of an idealist and a materialist -- all intersect at an estate called Howards End. The fate of this country home symbolizes the future of England in an exploration of social, economic, and p... Read More »

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Jul 16, 2012
  • ProfMcGonagall rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Warm and witty, this is also a thoughtful and thought-provoking book. A vivid portrait of a specific moment in history, both its social criticism and psychological insights are of surprisingly enduring relevance. One of Forster's more optimistic looks at human attempts to get free of "muddle."

Nov 25, 2011
  • macierules rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I'm not sure what I love more - Forster's novels or the Merchant/Ivory Productions of his novels. The two sisters here reminded me so much of the sisters in Austen's Sense and Sensibility. Naming one's home is such a charming piece of English culture - a home really does have a character, and we should adopt this custom too!


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