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A Room With a View (Paperback)

Author:  E. M./ Bradbury Forster Narrated By: Malcolm Bradbury Foreword By: Malcolm Bradbury Introduction:  Malcolm Bradbury
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0141183292
ISBN-13: 9780141183299
Sku: 30560218
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 7.75H x 5.25L x 0.5T
Pages:  240
Age Range:  22 to UP
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*Author: Forster, E. M./ Bradbury, Malcolm *Series Title: Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics *Publication Date: 2000/07/01 *Number of Pages: 206 *Binding Type: Paperbound *Language: English *Depth: 0.50 *Width: 5.25 *Height: 7.75
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This Edwardian social comedy explores love and prim propriety among an eccentric cast of characters assembled in an Italian pensione and in a corner of Surrey, England. A charming young English woman, Lucy Honeychurch, faints into the arms of a fellow Britisher when she witnesses a murder in a Florentine piazza. Attracted to this man, George Emerson--who is entirely unsuitable and whose father just may be a Socialist--Lucy is soon at war with the snobbery of her class and her own conflicting desires. Back in England she is courted by a more acceptable, if stifling, suitor, and soon realizes she must make a startling decision that will decide the course of her future: she is forced to choose between convention and passion. The enduring delight of this tale of romantic intrigue is rooted in Forster's colorful characters, including outrageous spinsters, pompous clergymen and outspoken patriots. Written in 1908, A Room With A View is one of E.M. Forster's earliest and most celebrated works.
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Young Englishwoman Lucy Honeychurch is on an Italian holiday with her pushy, very proper older cousin Charlotte Bartlett. Although they each had been promised by the Signora "a room with a view," their windows do not overlook the Arno. A gentleman traveler (clearly of a lower class) overhears the women peevishly discussing their situation and generously offers to trade rooms, since his and his son's rooms have lovely views of the river. Without hesitation Miss Bartlett, who takes her role as Lucy's chaperone very seriously, turns down their improper proposal. This is only the first of several missteps that the unconventional Emerson men will make, but despite her cousin's objections, Lucy finds herself attracted to the younger Mr. Emerson more and more with their every chance encounter in Florence. Setting Lucy up with a choice between passion and propriety, between love and obligation, E. M. Forster issues a pointed and witty critique of Edwardian British society and its hypocrisies in this acclaimed novel.
Author Bio
Malcolm Bradbury
Malcolm Bradbury was the son of a railroad worker, but both parents were avid readers. A sickly child with a heart condition, Bradbury himself spent more time reading than playing sports. Educated at universities in Leicester and Manchester (where he earned a doctorate in American studies), Bradbury was also a professor at several. Until his retirement in 1995, he was head of the creative writing department at the University of East Anglia; he was a great champion of new writing and emerging writers, and regularly introduced his students to literary agents. He was well known as a critic, writing often on the novel, but he also wrote novels himself, many of them humorous and satirical works set in universities: his first, EATING PEOPLE IS WRONG, was published in 1959; his last, TO THE HERMITAGE, was published six months before his death--at which time he was also knighted. "I take the novel extremely seriously," he wrote, calling it "the best of all forms: open and personal, intelligent and inquiring." Bradbury also wrote television screenplays, both original and adaptations of the work of other writers. He was married and had two sons.

E. M. Forster's father died when he was a baby, and he was raised in an English country village by his mother and various female relatives. At Kings College, Cambridge, he discovered his homosexuality and became a member of the Apostles, in which he met Leonard Woolf, Lytton Strachey, John Maynard Keynes, and Roger Fry--the foundations of what is known as the Bloomsbury Group, of which Forster also became a member. Thanks to a legacy from a great-aunt, Forster was able to support himself and also to travel widely in Italy, Austria, and Greece--places that would become useful to him as a writer. Between 1903 and 1910 he wrote his four "Edwardian" works--the novels that have gained him wide acclaim as a delineator of English upper-middle-class lives and manners. His 1912 trip to India inspired his masterpiece, A PASSAGE TO INDIA. He stopped writing fiction after World War II (in which he was a prominent pacifist), except for MAURICE, his posthumously published novel that dealt overtly with homosexuality. In addition to his fiction and essays, Forster is also the author of the influential ASPECTS OF THE NOVEL, in which he emphasized the novel's value as a mirror of human experience. Forster became a fellow of King's College and lived there until just before his death of a massive stroke at the age of 81.

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