What Do I Read Next?
Forster's third novel, A Room With a View (1908), is also set in Italy. It too focuses on a clash of cultures, contrasting the conventional behavior of English characters with the more spontaneous life of the Italian characters.
Considered second only to A Passage to India among Forster's novels, Howards End (1910) is a subtle study of English class distinctions and the uneasy relationship between aesthetic and materialistic outlooks on life. An Edwardian novel of manners, it is the most "English" of Forster's novels. In it, Forster coined the motto that best expresses his view of how to live a full life: "Only connect." ("Only connect the prose and passion, and both will be exalted, and human love will be seen at its height.")
Forster expressed his ideas about the novel as a literary genre in a series of lectures that he gave at Cambridge...
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