The Longest Journeyby E. M. Forster
Greatly autobiographical, it centers on his education. He treats his public school with contempt, Cambridge more kindly. He makes King's
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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 interpretation by Jill Masters brings real and lasting joy to the listener." (B-O-T Editorial Review Board)
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Perhaps the most brilliant, the most dramatic, and the most passionate of [Forster's] works. (Lionel Trilling)
Meet the Author
Edward Morgan Forster's most homosexual works are the two published posthumously, his novel Maurice, written in 1913 but not published until 1971, and a collection of short stories titled The Life to Come. Forster's other works were published as he wrote them. None contained overtly homosexual themes, although what readers would now refer to as a "gay sensibility" is present in all. Forster was a prolific writer in his youth but ceased to write at age forty-five.
Forster never married and was well-known among his friends to be homosexual. However, he remained celibate until the age of thirty-eight when he visited Egypt and had sex with a wounded soldier he met on the beach. He lived a closeted life, but eventually enjoyed a loving relationship with a married policeman named Bob Buckingham. The two met when Forster was fifty-one, Buckingham twenty-eight, and the relationship lasted forty years. Before meeting Buckingham, Forster had much briefer affairs with another policeman and a bus driver.
- Date of Birth:
- January 1, 1879
- Date of Death:
- June 7, 1970
- Place of Birth:
- Place of Death:
- Coventry, England
- B. A. in classics, King's College, Cambridge, 1900; B. A. in history, 1901; M.A., 1910
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