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Poster for Howards End on Starz based on book by E.M. Forster

Howards End on Starz

I don’t subscribe to STARZ so I’ve missed this spring’s adaptation of the classic E.M. Forster novel, the beloved Howards End, the story of the Schlegel sisters navigating the world. It appears that the limited series is available on Amazon prime so I should be able to check it out soon.

Matthew Macfadyen and Hayley Atwell in Howards End 

I don’t know if this new version starring Hayley Atwell, Philippa Coulthard, Matthew Macfadyen & Tracey Ullman holds a candle to the luminous feature film starring Anthony Hopkins, Emma Thompson, Vanessa Redgrave and Helena Bonham Carter or to Forster’s classic novel but the trailer looks pretty good. Are any of you watching the series? What’s your take on the small screen adaptation?

Tracy Ullman is Aunt Juley in Howards End

Philippa Coulthard as Helen Schlegel in Howards End

About the book

The self-interested disregard of a dying woman's bequest, an impulsive girl's attempt to help an impoverished clerk, and the marriage between an idealist and a materialist — all intersect at a Hertfordshire estate called Howards End. The fate of this beloved country home symbolizes the future of England itself in E. M. Forster's exploration of social, economic, and philosophical trends, as exemplified by three families: the Schlegels, symbolizing the idealistic and intellectual aspect of the upper classes; the Wilcoxes, representing upper-class pragmatism and materialism; and the Basts, embodying the aspirations of the lower classes. Published in 1910, Howards End won international acclaim for its insightful portrait of English life during the post-Victorian era.
YOU can read the book free of charge online at the Gutenberg Project
Official trailer for the STARZ Original Limited Series, Howards End. A fresh adaptation of a beloved tale of two sisters, as they navigate through life and love.

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