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Howards End

E. M. Forster

Considered by many to be E. M. Forster's greatest novel, Howards End is a beautifully subtle tale of two very different families brought together by an unusual event. The Schlegels are intellectuals, devotees of art and literature. The Wilcoxes are practical and materialistic, leading lives of "telegrams and anger." When the elder Mrs. Wilcox dies and her family discovers she has left their country home-Howards End-to one of the Schlegel sisters, a crisis between the two families is precipitated that takes years to resolve. Written in 1910, Howards End is a symbolic exploration of the social, economic, and intellectual forces at work in England in the years preceding World War I, a time when vast social changes were occurring. In the Schlegels and the Wilcoxes, Forster perfectly embodies the competing idealism and materialism of the upper classes, while the conflict over the ownership of Howards End represents the struggle for possession of the country's future. Forster refuses to take sides in this conflict. Instead he poses one of the book's central questions: In a changing modern society, what should be the relation between the inner and outer life, between the world of the intellect and the world of business? Can they ever, as Forster urges, "only connect"?

Considered by many to be E. M. Forster's greatest novel, Howards End is a beautifully subtle tale of two very different families brought together by an unusual event. The Schlegels are intellectuals, devotees of art and literature. The Wilcoxes are practical and materialistic, leading lives of "telegrams and anger." When the elder Mrs. Wilcox dies and her family discovers she has left their country home-Howards End-to one of the Schlegel sisters, a crisis between the two families is precipitated that takes years to resolve. Written in 1910, Howards End is a symbolic exploration of the social, economic, and intellectual forces at work in England in the years preceding World War I, a time when vast social changes were occurring. In the Schlegels and the Wilcoxes, Forster perfectly embodies the competing idealism and materialism of the upper classes, while the conflict over the ownership of Howards End represents the struggle for possession of the country's future. Forster refuses to take sides in this conflict. Instead he poses one of the book's central questions: In a changing modern society, what should be the relation between the inner and outer life, between the world of the intellect and the world of business? Can they ever, as Forster urges, "only connect"?
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

Considered by many to be E. M. Forster's greatest novel, Howards End is a beautifully subtle tale of two very different families brought together by an unusual event. The Schlegels are intellectuals, devotees of art and literature. The Wilcoxes are practical and materialistic, leading lives of "telegrams and anger." When the elder Mrs. Wilcox dies and her family discovers she has left their country home-Howards End-to one of the Schlegel sisters, a crisis between the two families is precipitated that takes years to resolve. Written in 1910, Howards End is a symbolic exploration of the social, economic, and intellectual forces at work in England in the years preceding World War I, a time when vast social changes were occurring. In the Schlegels and the Wilcoxes, Forster perfectly embodies the competing idealism and materialism of the upper classes, while the conflict over the ownership of Howards End represents the struggle for possession of the country's future. Forster refuses to take sides in this conflict. Instead he poses one of the book's central questions: In a changing modern society, what should be the relation between the inner and outer life, between the world of the intellect and the world of business? Can they ever, as Forster urges, "only connect"?

Language:

English

Narrators:

Steven Crossley

Length:

11h 52m


Chapters

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05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

07:43


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

14:05


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

20:12


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

17:36


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

29:27


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

21:15


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

16:39


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

19:12


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

11:16


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

18:16


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

30:18


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

12:05


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

15:51


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

21:28


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

25:15


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

24:27


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

15:30


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

20:25


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

20:00


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

16:59


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

02:56


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

16:21


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

18:23


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

09:49


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

21:34


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

33:56


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

13:30


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

08:02


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

13:18


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

14:10


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

12:10


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

07:53


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

19:12


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

20:51


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

08:15


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:48


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

20:39


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

13:03


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:37


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

09:09


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

21:22


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

09:15


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

11:46


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

18:34