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Howards End is a country house that is both the site and symbol of a struggle between three vastly different kinds of people. 2 cassettes.

Considered by many critics to be Forster's finest novel, Howards End has average 6,200 copies a year in sales in the rack-size edition.

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Overview

Howards End is a country house that is both the site and symbol of a struggle between three vastly different kinds of people. 2 cassettes.

Considered by many critics to be Forster's finest novel, Howards End has average 6,200 copies a year in sales in the rack-size edition.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780453008099
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 1/1/1993
  • Series: Classics on Cassette
  • Format: Cassette
  • Edition description: Abridged, 2 Cassettes
  • Pages: 180
  • Product dimensions: 4.36 (w) x 7.12 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

E.M. Forster
A graceful writer with a keen eye for the bittersweetness bound in differences of class and culture, E. M. Forster had an abbreviated but remarkably successful career as a novelist and established himself as one of England's most insightful 20th-century writers.

Biography

Edward Morgan Forster was born in London in 1879, attended Tonbridge School as a day boy, and went on to King's College, Cambridge, in 1897. With King's he had a lifelong connection and was elected to an Honorary Fellowship in 1946. He declared that his life as a whole had not been dramatic, and he was unfailingly modest about his achievements. Interviewed by the BBC on his eightieth birthday, he said: "I have not written as much as I'd like to... I write for two reasons: partly to make money and partly to win the respect of people whom I respect... I had better add that I am quite sure I am not a great novelist." Eminent critics and the general public have judged otherwise and in his obituary The Times called him "one of the most esteemed English novelists of his time."

He wrote six novels, four of which appeared before the First World War, Where Angels Fear to Tread (1905), The Longest Journey (1907), A Room with a View (1908), and Howard's End (1910). An interval of fourteen years elapsed before he published A Passage to India. It won both the Prix Femina Vie Heureuse and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. Maurice, his novel on a homosexual theme, finished in 1914, was published posthumously in 1971. He also published two volumes of short stories; two collections of essays; a critical work, Aspects of the Novel; The Hill of Devi, a fascinating record of two visits Forster made to the Indian State of Dewas Senior; two biographies; two books about Alexandria (where he worked for the Red Cross in the First World War); and, with Eric Crozier, the libretto for Britten's opera Billy Budd. He died in June 1970.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Edward Morgan Forster
    1. Date of Birth:
      January 1, 1879
    2. Place of Birth:
      London
    1. Date of Death:
      June 7, 1970
    2. Place of Death:
      Coventry, England

Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2012

    Save your 99 cents!

    A couple of typos are to be expected, but they are EVERYWHERE! Impossible to get through without losing patience. Don't buy!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2011

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    Interesting

    I don't usually have an issue getting into books but reading this was a new experience. It was more like reading about the lives of three families in a casual way than an actual storyline. There is a lot of interaction between the characters and a lot of discussion about how society is changing. As far as classics go I feel like the time period it is taking place is no longer victorian but it is still before world war 1, I have not read a lot of books that take place in this time period. The whole time I read this book I didn't really like it, the relationships seemed trifling and were uninteresting to me, but now that I have finished I keep thinking about this book for some reason.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2012

    The book was not delivered

    I can not say anything about this book since it never reached me. ( tooo bad...

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2012

    E.M. Forster and Kazuo Ishiguro

    An previous reviewer mistakenly attributed "Remains of the Day" to E.M. Forster. While this work shares similarities with "Howards End", "Remains of the Day" was written by Kazuo Ishiguro, a Japanese-British author who was born in 1954. E.M. Forster lived 1879-1970.

    However, I still highly recommend "Remains of the Day" as well.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2011

    Full version??? Hardly

    Seeing as how the story begins in Chapter 12, p 76, I don't see this as a "full version." I'm contacting B&N about this. Maybe a download error or glitch? I can't give a good rating w/o the actual full book. It's annoying.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2012

    A brilliant novel. One of my favorites.

    A brilliant novel. One of my favorites.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2012

    Xavier

    Helloooo?

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2012

    So many typos!

    The typos made a challenging book even more difficult to read. The story was interesting enough, but the characters were difficult to relate to.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2011

    Good read

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  • Posted November 2, 2011

    Classic Literature at its best

    Perhaps E. M. Forster is not known as a classic author but he should be. This novel, along with his other famous one "Remains of the Day", give you an veritable new world to explore. The characters are well rounded and insightful. The locations are breathtaking and memorable. And the story itself is like a long walk on a beautiful day...something to be treasured.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 20, 2011

    Terrific

    Excellent read!

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  • Posted May 1, 2011

    A great classic novel

    This classic is a must read for ones who enjoy a good 'love story' with characters with flaws and unknown strengths that bring this story to an unexpected climax.

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  • Posted January 6, 2011

    ANOTHER worthless sample

    B&N WHY do you offer samples that contain little or none of the story?
    I have had samples containing 1-2 paragraphs at least, this sample is 28 pages of the Table of Contents, timeline & an editorial.
    Absolutely none of the story. This is a big complaint I have regarding my Nook.

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 8, 2008

    I Also Recommend:

    Not His Finest....

    Not his finest, but an interesting interplay between people with money - those who spend their time and money advancing the ideas and the arts and those who spend their money to preserve their way of life. Interestingly enough both seem to be equally detrimental in their dealings with the lower classes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2006

    Howards End (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)

    I would suggest that while the books seems to be well written, the story deals mostly with relationships, and maybe somewhat classified as a 'chic' book. The men in this novel all seem to have character flaws that are glariingly weak and sad. It starts off with Paul Wilcox who appears at the very beginning and at the very end, but is mentioned throughout the novel and portrayed as a very weak individual. Tippy, Margaret's brother, really is an insignificat character in the story, but his character is always portrayed as immature and self centered and he cannot be relied upon in hard times. Leonard Bast is pathetically weak and has no backbone. Charles Wilcox is a self centerd bully. Henry Wilcox though he is at times descibed as 'kind' his kindness is somewhat superficial. It seems his lack of character is what leeds to his falling apart in the end. While the two sisters have falts, it weems to only make them more endering. If these tow women are of such high inellledtual and noble character, then why are they constantly inolved, by their own choosing, with such pitiful portraits of manhood. Tis is not the worst thing you can read, but it is nt the best either.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2006

    Howards End (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)

    The novel seems to be will written. The main focus of the story is always on relationships and so makes it somewhat of a chick novel. None of the men in this novel seem to have any character and their flaws are always glaring and makes it hard to like them. Paul Wilcox is mentioned only brifly but is a Mama's boy and is easly manipulated by the opinion of others. His brother Charles Wilcox is a bully and somewhat of a dim bulb. Tippy Schliegal, Margaret and Helen's brother plays a minimal role but always appears to be immature and self absorbed and can never be counted on in a time of crisis. Leonard Bast whom the girls chose to help is weak and spineless and does not have the ability to make a good decision. Finally Henry Wilcox from the very first appears to be self absorbed and confused and it is never apparent why Margaret marries him in the first place. He is a man who cannot forgive others for the very things he has done. While the women have faults these faults are always shown in a more endearing light. Forster may not have taken sides in the struggle between different classes, but he certainly did in the struggle between genders. The property, Howards End belonged to the late Mrs Wilcox. In a suprise move, after her surprise death, in her will, Howards End is left to one of the Schlegels. None of the Wilcoxes really wanted Howards End, but they didn't want the Schlegels to have Howards End either. (Mostly the men). While it is not a complete waste of time, there are better books out there to read.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2005

    Good literature, great history.

    This is an excellent read, and its focus on male/female relationships provides highly enlightening information about the era in which it was written.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2001

    Probably the Best Example of Great 20th Century British Literature

    'Howards End' is a glimpse of the interaction between the social classes in England. The characters could be real; they are even represented in the society in which we live today. The book captures your sympathy not only for the poor clerk L. Bast, but for the snobbish, but confused Mr. Wilcox, as well. The story is beautifully written, and it is very fast paced. I read it in a day.

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    Posted February 6, 2010

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    Posted February 14, 2010

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