A Room with a View a novel by English writer E. M. Forster, about a young woman in the repressed culture of Edwardian era England. Set in Italy and England, the story is both a romance and a critique of English society at the beginning of the 20th century.
The main themes of this novel include repressed sexuality, freedom from institutional religion, growing up and true love. A Room with a View is Forsters most romantic and optimistic book.
Published in 1908, the novel touches upon many issues surrounding society and politics in early 20th century Edwardian culture. Forster differentiates between conservative and radical thinking, illustrated in part by his contrasts between characters.
Lucy personifies the young and impressionable generation emerging during that era, during which womens suffrage would gain strong ground. Forster, manifesting his own hopes for society, ends the book with Lucy having chosen her own path-a free life with the man she loves.
Forster also contrasts the symbolic differences between Italy and England. He idealised Italy as a place of freedom and sexual expression. Italy promised raw, natural passion that inspired many Britons at the time who wished to escape the constrictions of English society. While Lucy is in Italy her views of the world change dramatically, and scenes such as the murder in the piazza open her eyes to a world beyond her protected life in Windy Corner.