Monday, July 16, 2012
"Howards End" by E. M. Forster
Over the least few days, Delycia and I read some commentaries on the novel which enlightened us as to some of the more subtle beauties in the book. In "Forster's Howards End" (Explicator 42.1, 1983), Neil Heims makes the interesting point that Forster was using some lines from Shelley's "Adonais" to develop one of the major themes in the novel -- the contrast between the "white radiance" of the eternal All, and the mundane everyday affairs of people like the Wilcoxes. Also, J.B. Beer, in a book devoted entirely to Forster's novels, discusses some of the underlying symbolism in the book. It was very helpful to read what others have thought of this interesting but often puzzling book.