Howards End, A Longman Cultural Edition

E. M. Forster / Douglas Mao  
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January 2009
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From Longman's Cultural Edition series, Howards End, edited by Douglas Mao, presents a wealth of critical and historical contexts for E. M. Forster’s brilliant novel about clashing values and love for a house.


 Art and commerce, nature and industry, idealism and pragmatism, women and men: the struggles, partings, and reconciliations between these pairs drive the narrative of one of the great English novels of the twentieth century. On its first release, Howards End was hailed as an extraordinary achievement. Never out of print since, it has attracted generations of readers with its splendid prose, its sensitive rendering of relationships, and its wickedly clever plot.  


Handsomely produced and affordably priced, the Longman Cultural Editions series presents classic works in provocative and illuminating contexts-cultural, critical, and literary. Each Cultural Edition consists of the complete texts of important literary works, reliably edited, headed by an inviting introduction, and supplemented by helpful annotations; a table of dates to track its composition, publication, and public reception in relation to biographical, cultural and historical events; and a guide for further inquiry and study.


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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

About Longman Cultural Editions

About This Edition


Table of Dates

Howards End (1910)





Distribution of Wealth



Early Reviews of Howards End

Anonymous, from the Times Literary Supplement (October 1910)

Anonymous, from the Standard (October 1910)

R. A. Scott-James, from the Daily News (November 1910)

Arnold Bennett, from The New Age (January 1911)

Leonard’s Reading

John Ruskin, from The Stones of Venice (1851—53)

George Meredith, from The Ordeal of Richard Feverel (1859)

Robert Louis Stevenson, from Virginibus Puerisque and Other Papers (1881)

from “Virginibus Puerisque”

from “Walking Tours”

Richard Jefferies, from The Story of My Heart (1883)

The Condition of England

Edward Carpenter, from Civilisation: Its Cause and Cure (1889)

Jack London, from The People of the Abyss (1903)

G. Lowes Dickinson, from A Modern Symposium (1905)

C. F. G. Masterman, from The Condition of England (1908)

Elizabeth Robins, from The Convert (1907)

England and Germany

E. E. Williams, from “Made in Germany” (1896)

Elizabeth von Arnim, from Elizabeth and Her German Garden (1898)

Rudyard Kipling, “The Rowers” (1902)

West Africa and Imperialism

Mary Kingsley, from West African Studies (1899)

E. D. Morel, from Affairs of West Africa (1902)

J. A. Hobson,from Imperialism (1902)

Leonard Woolf, from Empire and Commerce in Africa (1920)

Culture and Bloomsbury

Matthew Arnold, from Culture and Anarchy (1882)

G. E. Moore, from Principia Ethica (1903)

Leonard Woolf, from The Wise Virgins (1914)

Virginia Woolf, from The Voyage Out (1915)

Works Cited in This Edition

Further Reading

E. M. Forster’s Writings

Biographical Studies

Critical Studies

Back Cover

A complete list of Longman Cultural Editions appears inside the front cover.