Interviewed by the BBC on his 80th birthday, the unfailingly modest E.M. Forster said: "I have not written as much as I'd like to.... I had better add that I am quite sure I am not a great novelist." Few of his readers, however, would agree, and in his obituary London's Times called Forster "one of the most esteemed English novelists of his time." Four of his six novels were written before World War I—Where Angels Fear to Tread (1905), The Longest Journey (1907), A Room with a View (1908), and Howards End (1910)—all four of which are collected in this omnibus edition.
"E.M. Forster's characters are the most lifelike we have had since Jane Austen laid down the pen."—Virginia Woolf