EM Forster: His Longest Journey – Sky Arts

Writer EM Forster’s life and ground-breaking work are put under the spotlight in Sky Arts' EM Forster: His Longest Journey

Sky Arts’ EM Forster: His Longest Journey is an insightful profile about writer EM Forster, his background, life and loves, and makes a fascinating watch.

The stuff of classic period costume dramas (think Merchant Ivory films with Helena Bonham Carter and Emma Thompson, with his most successful novel being A Passage to India), Edward Morgan Foster was one of Britain’s great literary minds, and a liberal voice at a time when homosexuality was still outlawed in the early 20th century.

E.M. Forster: His Longest Journey is a film about E M Forster’s life. It is also the story of a special and largely unknown book by E M Forster called The Longest Journey, a book that describes Forster’s own sense off what his life was to be. This book, above all his other books, describes what he felt his life was to be.

Sky Arts’ EM Forster: His Longest Journey profiles one of out best-loved writers, Edward Morgan Forster

In fact, his own life could have been described as one of his more poignant works.

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But why did Forster give up on writing novels, just when he was at his peak?

A perceptive, and at times touching, examination of a great mind.

TV Times rating: ****