Edward Morgan Forster was born in London on January 1, 1879. He was raised by his mother, Alice Clara Whichelo Forster, two paternal aunts and grandmother. His father, an architect by the name of Edmund Morgan, died of consumption in the year 1880. Forster’s childhood was a happy one at Rooksnest, a “large, old, lonely but friendly house” (Edwards 180) in Hertfordshire that his mother rented. In 1890, Forster attended Kent House, a prep school in Eastbourne, but harassment led to his transfer to The Grange. His mother soon moved to Tonbridge in 1893 and Forster became a day boy at Tonbridge School, where he finished prep school. Marianne Thornton, a great-aunt, bequeathed Forster monetary independence. He used some of this money, beginning in 1897, to attend King’s College, Cambridge and learned a great deal from “the informal social and intellectual intercourse of the university” (Edwards 180). However, he achieved an unsatisfactory second-class honors degree. Disappointed by his academic rank, Forster accepted his mother’s plan to travel. In Italy, their stay in a pension at Florence inspired Forster to begin work, in 1902, on the Lucy novel, which eventually came to be known as A Room with a View. He is best known for five of his novels - Where Angels Fear to Tread (1905), The Longest Journey (1907), A Room with a View (1908), Howards End (1910), and A Passage to India (1924). Besides novels, Forster also wrote short stories, plays, film scripts, libretto, literary criticism, biographies, and travel guides.