E. M. Forster's delightfully satiric comedy of manners "A Room with a View" is beautifully repackaged as part of the Penguin Essentials range. 'You love the boy body and soul, plainly, directly, as he loves you...' Lucy has her rigid, middle-class life mapped out for her until she visits Florence with her uptight cousin Charlotte, and finds her neatly ordered existence thrown off balance. Her eyes are opened by the unconventional characters she meets at the Pension Pertolini: flamboyant romantic novelist Eleanor Lavish, the Cockney Signora, curious Mr Emerson and, most of all, his passionate son George. Lucy finds herself torn between the intensity of life in Italy and the repressed morals of Victorian England, personified in her terminally dull fiance Cecil Vyse. Will she ever learn to follow her own heart? A "Room with a View" is a sunny, brilliantly witty comedy of manners. "He says, and even more implies, things that no other novelist does, and we can go on reading Forster indefinitely". ("The Times"). "I loved it. My first intimation of the possibilities of fiction". (Zadie Smith). Edward Morgan Forster was born in London in 1879. He studied at King's College, Cambridge.
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 Heuruse and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. He last novel, "Maurice," was published posthumously in 1971. He also published two volumes of short stories and a number of non-fiction books. E. M. Forster died in 1970.