Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Classics by Design: Howards End

Design Sponge posted this glorious collage of Howards End inspired livin' this a.m. I'm just in love with that pretty Bloomsbury wallpaper!
"Was Mrs Wilcox one of the unsatisfactory people--there are many of them--who dangle intimacy and then withdraw it? They evoke our interests and affections, and keep the life of the spirit dawdling round them. Then they withdraw. When physical passion is involved, there is a definite name for such behavior--flirting--and if carried far enough it is punishable by law. But no law--not public opinion even--punishes those who coquette with friendship, thought the dull ache that they inflict, the sense of misdirected effort and exhaustion, may be as intolerable. Was she one of these?"
- E.M. Forster, Howards End, Ch. 10

Howards End, written by EM Forster in 1910, was considered to be the author's greatest masterpiece. Forster's other notable works include Room with a View and Passage to India. From 1929-1960,  Forster hosted a radio show on the BBC, which he used as a platform to discuss the nation's artistic landscape. You can buy a compilation of those discussions from Amazon here.

1 comment:

  1. i like that quote--the dull ache etc.. so true.