Chapters 1-2 Summary

Edward Morgan Forster (popularly known as E. M. Forster) published Howards End in 1910 at the age of thirty-one. Howards End was his first big literary success and is considered by many critics to be his masterpiece. As described by a 1910 critic in London’s Guardian, Forster wrote the novel with “what appears to be a feminine brilliance of perception.”

Howards End opens with three letters written by Helen Schlegel to her sister Margaret (“Meg”) Schlegel from the countryside, where she is staying with the Wilcox family. In the first letter, Helen describes the grand house and surrounding gardens where she is staying. Howards End is the name of the Wilcox manor. The grandeur...

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