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Encyclopedia > Where Angels Fear to Tread
Title Where Angels Fear to Tread
Author E. M. Forster
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Genre(s) Novel
Publisher William Blackwood and Sons
Released 1905
Pages 319 pp
DVD cover for the film of Where Angels Fear to Tread.

Where Angels Fear to Tread (1905) is a novel by E. M. Forster, originally entitled Monteriano. The title comes from a line in Alexander Pope's An Essay on Criticism: "For fools rush in where angels fear to tread". Edward Morgan Forster, OM, (January 1, 1879 – June 7, 1970) was an English novelist, short story writer, and essayist. ... In political geography and international politics a country is a geographical entity, a territory, most commonly associated with the notions of state or nation. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... A novel (from French nouvelle Italian novella, new) is an extended, generally fictional narrative, typically in prose. ... A publisher is a person or entity which engages in the act of publishing. ... The barcode of an ISBN . ... This is a DVD cover. ... This is a DVD cover. ... Where Angels Fear to Tread may refer to: Where Angels Fear to Tread, a 1905 novel by E. M. Forster Where Angels Fear to Tread (film), a 1991 motion picture based on the same The theme song of the Seiken Densetsu series, composed by Hiroki Kikuta A song by the... Edward Morgan Forster, OM, (January 1, 1879 – June 7, 1970) was an English novelist, short story writer, and essayist. ... Monteriano is a fictional Tuscan hill town. ... Alexander Pope, an English poet best known for his Essay on Criticism and Rape of the Lock Alexander Pope (21 May 1688 – 30 May 1744) is generally regarded as the greatest English poet of the early eighteenth century, best known for his satirical verse and for his translation of Homer. ... An Essay on Criticism was the first major poem written by the British writer Alexander Pope. ...

In 1991 it was made into a film by Charles Sturridge, starring Rupert Graves, Giovanni Guidelli, Helen Mirren, Helena Bonham Carter, and Judy Davis. Charles Sturridge (born June 24, 1951) is a British television and movie director. ... Rupert Graves (born 30 June 1963) is an English actor. ... Dame Helen Mirren DBE (born on July 26, 1945) is an Academy Award-winning English stage, television and film actress. ... Helena Bonham Carter (born May 26, 1966) is an Oscar-nominated English actress. ... Judy Davis (born 23 April 1955) is an Academy Award-nominated Australian actress. ...


Plot summary

Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow.

On a journey to Tuscany with her young friend and travelling companion Caroline Abbott, widowed Lilia Herriton falls in love with both Italy and a handsome Italian much younger than herself, and decides to stay. Furious, her dead husband's family send Lilia's brother-in-law to Italy to prevent a misalliance, but he arrives too late. Lilia marries the Italian and in due course becomes pregnant again. When she dies giving birth to her child, the Herritons consider it both their right and their duty to travel to Monteriano to obtain custody of the infant so that he can be raised as an Englishman. Tuscany (Italian: ) is one of the 20 Regions of Italy. ...

Similarly to A Room with a View, both Italy and its inhabitants are presented as exuding an irresistible charm, to which eventually also Caroline Abbott succumbs. However, there is a tragic ending to the novel, while the film adds a suggestively positive scene. A Room with a View is a novel about a young woman in the sexually repressed culture of early 20th-century England, written by English writer E. M. Forster. ...

Analysis: Forster's depiction of Italy

From reading Where Angels Fear to Tread one might conclude that Forster had an intimate knowledge of the Italian culture he describes. However, the author himself admits that that is not the case: "What's so remarkable is my own temerity. For I placed Gino firmly in his society although I knew nothing about it." (Stallybrass, 8) Forster purposely uses certain widely known clichés about Italy. Thus, the reader is - on a certain level - familiar with the Italian society that is described, because he is familiar with the stereotypes that Forster presents. Such clichés are for instance the romantic fascination with the natural beauty of Italy and the vital joy of living of its inhabitants. Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ...

The author uses Italy as a convenient background to criticise English morals and values. Italy may be a positive contrast to England as Winkgens states, but Forster does not see Italy as an idealised country. Perhaps the most striking difference between the culture of Monteriano and of Sawston is the role and position of women. English society is portrayed as being matriarchal: it is Mrs. Herriton, and not a male character, who dominates Sawston. Monteriano, on the other hand, is pictured as being a patriarchal society. A matriarchy is a tradition (and by extension a form of government) in which community power lies with the eldest mother of a community. ... A patriarch (from Greek: patria means father; arché means rule, beginning, origin) is a male head of an extended family exercising autocratic authority, or, by extension, a member of the ruling class or government of a society controlled by senior men. ...


  • Forster, E.M., Where Angels Fear to Tread, ed. by Oliver Stallybrass (London, 1975).
  • Winkgens, Meinhard, ’Die Funktionalisierung des Italienbildes in den Romanen "Where Angels Fear to Tread" von E.M. Forster und "The Lost Girl" von D.H. Lawrence’, Arcadia, 21 (1986), 41-61..

See also

Where Angels Fear to Tread is a 1991 film based on the 1905 novel, Where Angels Fear to Tread, by E. M. Forster. ...

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