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December Brunch - A Room with a View (E.M. Forster)

  • Dec 9, 2012 · 12:15 PM
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So, December seems to go back and forth between high and low attendance, so in the hopes of enticing a larger group I've picked a short romantic classic. Most of us saw the movie around high school age I imagine, but let's read it (or read it again for some of you). My copy is under 200 pages - so a perfect length for this busy month. I promise I'll find something edgier to start 2013!


A classic tale of British middle-class love, this novel displays Forster's skill in contrasting British sensibilities with those of foreign cultures, as he portrays the love of a British woman for an expatriate living in Italy. One of Forster's earliest and most celebrated works.

About the Author:

Edward Morgan Forster was born in London in 1879, attended Tonbridge School as a day boy, and went on to King's College, Cambridge, in 1897. With King's he had a lifelong connection and was elected to an Honorary Fellowship in 1946. He declared that his life as a whole had not been dramatic, and he was unfailingly modest about his achievements. Interviewed by the BBC on his eightieth birthday, he said: "I have not written as much as I'd like to... I write for two reasons: partly to make money and partly to win the respect of people whom I respect... I had better add that I am quite sure I am not a great novelist." Eminent critics and the general public have judged otherwise and in his obituary The Times called him "one of the most esteemed English novelists of his time."

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 Heureuse and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. Maurice, his novel on a homosexual theme, finished in 1914, was published posthumously in 1971. He also published two volumes of short stories; two collections of essays; a critical work, Aspects of the Novel; The Hill of Devi, a fascinating record of two visits Forster made to the Indian State of Dewas Senior; two biographies; two books about Alexandria (where he worked for the Red Cross in the First World War); and, with Eric Crozier, the libretto for Britten's opera Billy Budd. He died in June 1970.

Author biography courtesy of Penguin Group (USA). (from Barnes & Noble)

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** NOTE : I WILL BE EMAILING MEMBERS ASKING YOU TO CONFIRM YOUR "YES" RSVP A FEW DAYS BEFORE THE MEETUP, WITH YOUR REPLY DUE NO LATER THAN APPROXIMATELY 24 HOURS BEFORE THE EVENT SO WE CAN GET A PRETTY ACCURATE HEADCOUNT. PLEASE REMEMBER TO CHANGE A "YES" RSVP TO A "NO" IF YOUR PLANS CHANGE, SO MEMBERS ON THE WAITING LIST HAVE A CHANCE TO READ THE BOOK. AND REMEMBER TO SEE THE "PAGES" LINK FOR THE NO-SHOW POLICY, IT'S STRICTLY ENFORCED. THANKS

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  • rachel

    Hi guys - for those who were wondering about it last week it turns out the 1986 movie of A Room With A View is available on Netflix streaming now. Enjoy!

    December 19, 2012

  • Sarah

    Very well-organized, as always!!!

    December 10, 2012

    • rachel

      Thanks Sarah!

      December 18, 2012

  • rachel

    Hi guys - I just realized that for new members the location this month might be confusing as it's not on street level. Please meet UPSTAIRS in the "lobby" of the restaurant and not outside the museum. Ask the museum staff when you enter the building and they'll direct you to the elevator. Thanks!!

    December 6, 2012

  • rachel

    Hi guys - just another reminder to please update your RSVP if you're no longer planning to attend - we still have a waiting list this month. Thanks!

    November 25, 2012

  • rachel

    Wow - as always great to see so much interest in our next meetup - just a reminder to change your RSVP if you are no longer planning to attend, as we have a waiting list again this month. (For reference, for yesterday's meetup, we had 21 yes RSVPs including the waiting list, and only 11 people wound up attending - so please try to be realistic in RSVP'ing and not just holding maybe spots).

    Thanks!

    November 12, 2012

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