A Room With A View by E. M. Forster

A Room With A View, E. M. Forster, 1908, novel


A Room with a View is a 1908 novel by English writer E. M. Forster, about a young woman in the restrained culture of Edwardian era England. Set in Italy and England, the story is both a romance and a humorous critique of English society at the beginning of the 20th century. 

Young Lucy Honeychurch and her cousin Charlotte Bartlett have gone on tour to Italy. During their stay, they meet George Emerson, the son of an eccentric gentleman. The conflict between Lucy’s choice of the unusual George, or her more conventional English suitor Cecil, forms the crux of Forster’s critique of contemporary English society.

Despite the novel being a societal critique, the prose is light and studded with Forster’s easy witticisms. In 1958 Forster added an appendix elaborating on what occurred to the main characters after the novel’s end: the two world wars figure largely in their futures.  Wikipedia

№ 79 in the Modern Library’s 100 Best Novels set
№ 32 in the BBC’s 100 Greatest British Novels (2015) set
Originally published 1908
Author E. M. Forster
Genres Novel, Fiction, Romance novel, Travel literature
Characters Lucy Honeychurch, Mr. Emerson, Eleanor Lavish, Cecil Vyse, Freddy Honeychurch
Adaptations A Room with a View (1985), A Room with a View (2007)