The Blurb (from Goodreads)
Howards End is a novel by E. M. Forster about social conventions, codes of conduct and relationships in turn-of-the-century England. A strong-willed and intelligent woman refuses to allow the pretensions of her husband's smug English family to ruin her life. Howards End is considered by some to be Forster's masterpiece.
This year I am slowly reading my way through E.M. Forster’s classic novels about the difficulties of social conduct in Edwardian England. Published in 1910, Howard’s End was his fourth novel and is considered to be his best by many people. I love it. It tells the story of three families whose lives collide – the intelligent and idealistic Schlelgel sisters, the complacent and wealthy Wilcoxes, and the poverty-stricken Leonard Bast and his common-law wife – with tragic results. Forster’s deftness of character, and his subtlety and sensitivity is unmatched. A wonderful book.