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The Longest Journeyby E. M. Forster
Synopses & Reviews
E. M. Forster once described The Longest Journey as the book "I am most glad to have written." An introspective novel of manners at once comic and tragic, it tells of a sensitive and intelligent young man with an intense imagination and a certain amount of literary talent. He sets out full of hope to become a writer, but gives up his aspirations for those of the conventional world, gradually sinking into a life of petty conformity and bitter disappointments.
Trilling described THE LONGEST JOURNEY as perhaps the most brilliant, the most dramatic, and the most passionate of E.M. Forster's works. Certainly it's the most autobiographical — but its form confuses many. Full of sudden death, hopeless love, and quaintly doomed relationships — and yet for all that, it's an enormously engaging work. It was Forster's own favorite of his works; he felt that in Stephen he had created a living being.
About the Author
E. M. Forster (1879-1970) is the author of six novels, including A Room with a View and Howards End, many short stories, and numerous works of nonfiction.
Zadie Smith is the acclaimed author of White Teeth and On Beauty, shortlisted for the Booker Prize (see pp. 2-3).
Gilbert Adair, writer, film critic, and journalist, is the author of Love and Death on Long Island, among other novels.
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