The Longest Journey

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E.M. Forster is perhaps best known for his novels A ROOM WITH A VIEW, HOWARD'S END and A PASSAGE TO INDIA. Yet THE LONGEST JOURNEY, published in 1907, is considered by many to be his most dramatic, passionate and brilliant work.

Greatly autobiographical, it centers on his education. He treats his public school with contempt, Cambridge more kindly. He makes King's College a paradise where friendship blooms and Hellenism rules.

"Forster was a great artist, whose fine ...

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Overview

E.M. Forster is perhaps best known for his novels A ROOM WITH A VIEW, HOWARD'S END and A PASSAGE TO INDIA. Yet THE LONGEST JOURNEY, published in 1907, is considered by many to be his most dramatic, passionate and brilliant work.

Greatly autobiographical, it centers on his education. He treats his public school with contempt, Cambridge more kindly. He makes King's College a paradise where friendship blooms and Hellenism rules.

"Forster was a great artist, whose fine interpretation by Jill Masters brings real and lasting joy to the listener." (B-O-T Editorial Review Board)

"In its arbitrary departures from the proprieties of the modern novel there is genuine refreshment and even special claim upon our affections." --L. Trilling

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Lionel Trilling
Of Forster's five novels, The Longest Journey…is perhaps the most brilliant, the most dramatic, and the most passionate.
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Perhaps the most brilliant, the most dramatic, and the most passionate of [Forster's] works. (Lionel Trilling)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592244508
  • Publisher: Wildside Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2003
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

E.M. Forster was best known as the author of the classic novels A Room with a View, and Howards End.

Biography

Edward Morgan Forster was born in London in 1879, attended Tonbridge School as a day boy, and went on to King's College, Cambridge, in 1897. With King's he had a lifelong connection and was elected to an Honorary Fellowship in 1946. He declared that his life as a whole had not been dramatic, and he was unfailingly modest about his achievements. Interviewed by the BBC on his eightieth birthday, he said: "I have not written as much as I'd like to... I write for two reasons: partly to make money and partly to win the respect of people whom I respect... I had better add that I am quite sure I am not a great novelist." Eminent critics and the general public have judged otherwise and in his obituary The Times called him "one of the most esteemed English novelists of his time."

He wrote six novels, four of which appeared before the First World War, Where Angels Fear to Tread (1905), The Longest Journey (1907), A Room with a View (1908), and Howard's End (1910). An interval of fourteen years elapsed before he published A Passage to India. It won both the Prix Femina Vie Heureuse and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. Maurice, his novel on a homosexual theme, finished in 1914, was published posthumously in 1971. He also published two volumes of short stories; two collections of essays; a critical work, Aspects of the Novel; The Hill of Devi, a fascinating record of two visits Forster made to the Indian State of Dewas Senior; two biographies; two books about Alexandria (where he worked for the Red Cross in the First World War); and, with Eric Crozier, the libretto for Britten's opera Billy Budd. He died in June 1970.

Author biography courtesy of Penguin Group (USA).

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    1. Also Known As:
      Edward Morgan Forster
    1. Date of Birth:
      January 1, 1879
    2. Place of Birth:
      London
    1. Date of Death:
      June 7, 1970
    2. Place of Death:
      Coventry, England

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