Where Angels Fear To Tread

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Where Angels Fear To Tread by E. M. Forster

"Let her go to Italy!" he cried. "Let her meddle with what she doesn't understand! Look at this letter! The man who wrote it will marry her, or murder her, or do for her somehow. He's a bounder, but he's not an English bounder. He's mysterious and terrible. He's got a country behind him that's upset people from the beginning of the world."

When a young English widow takes off on the grand tour and along the way marries a penniless Italian, her in-laws are not amused. That the marriage should fail and poor Lilia die tragically are only to be expected. But that Lilia should have had a baby — and that the baby should be raised as an Italian! — are matters requiring immediate correction by Philip Herriton, his dour sister Harriet, and their well-meaning friend Miss Abbott.

In his first novel, E. M. Forster anticipated the themes of cultural collision and the sterility of the English middle class that he would develop in A Room with a View and A Passage to India. Where Angels Fear to Tread is an accomplished, harrowing, and malevolently funny book, in which familiar notions of vice and virtue collapse underfoot and the best intentions go mortally awry.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781483964386
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Publication date: 03/26/2013
Pages: 164
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.35(d)

About the Author

Edward Morgan Forster was born on January 1, 1879, in Marylebone, London, England, an only child of the family. His father was an architect, who died of tuberculosis in 1880.
Inheriting a large sum of money from his father's aunt, he was able to live comfortably and become a writer. From 1897 to 1901, he attended King's College, Cambridge. From 1901 through 1914, he toured Europe, Egypt, Germany and India with his mother, writing all but his last novel.
During World War I, Forster volunteered with the International Red Cross, serving in Egypt. In the 1920s, he served as secretary to the Maharajah of Dewas, then completed his final book in 1924.
During the 30s and 40s, Forster was a broadcaster on BBC Radio. After his mother died in 1945, at the age of 90, he moved out of her home and into Cambridge, where he did almost nothing for the next 25 years. He did have a relationship with a married policeman for many years.
Forster died on June 7, 1970, at the age of 91, from a stroke, in Coventry, Warwickshire, England.

Date of Birth:

January 1, 1879

Date of Death:

June 7, 1970

Place of Birth:


Place of Death:

Coventry, England


B. A. in classics, King's College, Cambridge, 1900; B. A. in history, 1901; M.A., 1910

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Where Angels Fear to Tread (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading) 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
katknit More than 1 year ago
Recently widowed Lilia leaves her overbearing in-laws in England, to tour Italy, which her brother in law assures her is enchanting. Completely entranced by the Italian lifestyle and culture, Lilia falls for a handsome but penniless younger man and impulsively marries him. Her scandalized mother-in-law immediately disowns her for bringing shame upon the family. A year later, Lilia is dead in childbirth, and while her English in-laws have no genuine interest in her infant son, a chance remark from a family friend impels them to seek custody in order to save him from a "savage" upbringing. Where Angels Fear to Tread is no love story. Forster began his writing career with this book of contrasts, introducing themes that would occupy him for the rest of his life. The sterility and pretensions of upper middle class Edwardian society are scrutinized against the passionate (and heavily stereotyped) lifestyle of the Italians, and come up short. What matters more, duty or happiness, self control or self expression, intention or outcome? This novel is described as social satire, and it has its amusing, farcical elements, but the subject matter is serious and the ending, tragic.
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at first it was difficult to keep track of characters in the beg. but afterwards you get pulled in the story, its like a giant rollercoaster, fast, slow, up and down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not a romance!!!!