Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 256 Pages, 5.12 × 7.87 × 0.39 in
Published: October 23, 1989
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0679724761
ISBN - 13: 9780679724766
Read from the Book
Chapter One The Bertolini The Signora had no business to do it," said Miss Bartlett, "no business at all. She promised us south rooms with a view close together, instead of which here are north rooms, looking into a courtyard, and a long way apart. Oh, Lucy!" "And a Cockney, besides!" said Lucy, who had been further saddened by the Signora''s unexpected accent. "It might be London." She looked at the two rows of English people who were sitting at the table; at the row of white bottles of water and red bottles of wine that ran between the English people; at the portraits of the late Queen and the late Poet Laureate that hung behind the English people, heavily framed; at the notice of the English church (Rev. Cuthbert Eager, M.A. Oxon.), that was the only other decoration of the wall. "Charlotte, don''t you feel, too, that we might be in London? I can hardly believe that all kinds of other things are just outside. I suppose it is one''s being so tired." "This meat has surely been used for soup," said Miss Bartlett, laying down her fork. "I want so to see the Arno. The rooms the Signora promised us in her letter would have looked over the Arno. The Signora had no business to do it at all. Oh, it is a shame!" "Any nook does for me," Miss Bartlett continued; "but it does seem hard that you shouldn''t have a view." Lucy felt that she had been selfish. "Charlotte, you mustn''t spoil me: of cour
From the Publisher
First published in 1908, A Room with a View
portrays the love of a British woman for an expatriate living in
Italy. Caught up in a world of social snobbery, Forster''s heroine,
Lucy Honeychurch, finds herself constrained by the claustrophobic
influence of her British guardians, who encourage her to take up
with a well-connected boor. In the end, however, Lucy takes control
of her own fate and finds love with a man whose free spirit reminds
her of "a room with a view."
About the Author
Edward Morgan Forster was born on January 1, 1879, in London, England. He never knew his father, who died when Forster was an infant. Forster graduated from King's College, Cambridge, with B.A. degrees in classics (1900) and history (1901), as well as an M.A. (1910). In the mid-1940s he returned to Cambridge as a professor, living quietly there until his death in 1970. Forster was named to the Order of Companions of Honor to the Queen in 1953. Forster's writing was extensively influenced by the traveling he did in the earlier part of his life. After graduating from Cambridge, he lived in both Greece and Italy, and used the latter as the setting for the novels Where Angels Fear to Tread (1905) and A Room with a View (1908). The Longest Journey was published in 1907. Howard's End was modeled on the house he lived in with his mother during his childhood. During World War I, he worked as a Red Cross Volunteer in Alexandria, aiding in the search for missing soldiers; he later wrote about these experiences in the nonfiction works Alexandria: A History and Guide and Pharos and Pharillon. His two journeys to India, in 1912 and 1922, resulted in A Passage to India (1924), which many consider to be Forster's best work; this title earned the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. Forster wrote only six novels, all prior to 1925 (although Maurice was not published until 1971, a year after Forster's death, probably because of its homosexual theme). For much of the rest of his life, he wrote lit
From Our Editors
Period films came about as a popular movie genre because there were
good period books to form their basis. E.M.
Forster's A Room with a View,
first published in 1908 and later to become a notable film in 1986,
tells the story of a young British woman's love for an expatriate
living in Italy. It is a love complicated by social restrictions as
well as overbearing British guardians who want her to take up with
an annoyingly snobbish man of good stead.
Forster's Lucy Honeychurch is a strong woman
though and she sees this love through.