A Room with a View (Paperback)
Penguin Classics, 9780141183299, 240pp.
Publication Date: August 1, 2000
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Visiting Florence with her prim and proper cousin Charlotte as a chaperone, Lucy Honeychurch meets the unconventional, lower-class Mr. Emerson and his son, George. Upon her return to England, Lucy becomes engaged to the supercilious Cecil Vyse, but she finds herself increasingly torn between the expectations of the world in which she moves and the passionate yearnings of her heart. More than a love story, A Room with a View (1908) is a penetrating social comedy and a brilliant study of contrasts - in values, social class, and cultural perspectives - and the ingenuity of fate. In her illuminating introduction, Forster biographer Wendy Moffat delves into the little-known details of his life before and during the writing of A Room with a View, and explores the way the enigmatic author’s queer eye found comedy in the clash between English manners and the unsettling modern world, encouraging his reader to recognize and overcome their prejudice through humor. This edition also contains new suggestions for further reading by Moffat and explanatory notes by Malcolm Bradbury.
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About the Author
Wendy Moffat is a biographer, critic, and teacher. A graduate of Yale University, she is a professor of English and Curley Chair in Global Education at Dickinson College in Pennsylvania. Her biography of E. M. Forster, published in the United States as A Great Unrecorded History: A New Life of E. M. Forster and in the United Kingdom as E. M. Forster: A New Life was selected as a book of the year by the New York Times, the Telegraph (UK), the Spectator (London), and the Time (London), and won the Biographer’s Club Prize in 2010.
Malcolm Bradbury was a novelist, critic, television dramatist, and professor of American studies at the University of East Anglia, where he cofounded the first and most prestigious master’s program in creative writing in the United Kingdom. Some of his novels include Eating People Is Wrong, The History Man, and To the Hermitage. He also wrote a number of critical works, humor and satire, and adapted Kingsley Amis’s The Green Man and Stella Gibbons’s Cold Comfort Farm for television. He was knighted in 2000 and died in November of the same year.