A Room With A View
A Room with a View is a fictional novel written by British author E.M. Forster and published in 1908 by Edward Arnold. It is approximately 321 pages in length.
About the Author:
"The British novelist and literary critic E. M. Forster was born on New Year’s Day 1879 in London. His architect father died young, leaving Forster and his mother enough money to be comfortable for the rest of their lives. In 1883, they moved to the house in Hertfordshire which would become the inspiration for Howards End (1910).
Forster was unhappy at Tonbridge School, but enjoyed himself far more at King’s College Cambridge. Having no urgent need to make a living on graduation, he travelled with his mother in Italy, gathering the inspiration for A Room with a View (1908). His critically successful first novel, Where Angels Fear to Tread (1905) also has Italian themes; his favourite of his own novels was The Longest Journey (1907)."
A Room with a View was written in English and set in England during the Edwardian era (1900s). The back cover synopsis of the novel reads as follows:
"In this brilliant piece of social comedy Forster is concerned with one of his favourite themes: the 'undeveloped heart' of the English expatriates in Florence. The English abroad are observed with a sharply ironic eye, but one of them, the young and unaffected Lucy Honeychurch, is drawn with great sympathy.
In her relationships with her dismal cousin Charlotte, with the unconventional Emersons and - the scene transferred to England - with her supercilious fiance, Lucy is torn between lingering Victorian proprieties, social and sexual, and the spontaneous promptings of her heart ('an undeveloped heart, not a cold one'). Thus there are hidden depths of meaning in this sunniest and most readable of Forster's novels.
This edition includes Forster's light-hearted sequel, 'A View without a Room."
A Room with a View was ranked 79th on the Modern Library list of 100 best English-language novels of the 20th Century in 1998. It was adapted for theater, film, radio and television, and the 1985 film adaptation by Merchant Ivory won multiple awards. A Room with a View is recommended by Lion Stationers and can be purchased from the following vendors: