2016 Reprint of 1922 Edition. Full facsimile of the original edition, not reproduced with Optical Recognition Software. 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. This work is the most autobiographical of Forster's six novels. Forster claimed to put a good deal of himself into Richie, the hero of the novel.