E. M. Forster was a 20th century novelist, short story writer and essayist. His writings empathize the class differences in British society. Forster is best known for his novels Howard's End, A Passage to India and A Room with a View. The Longest Journey published in 1907 was in part autobiographical. The intellectual and social life of Cambridge University suits the physically impaired, orphaned student Ricky Elliot. Later Ricky marries a shallow, domineering woman, Agnes Pembroke, and, at her urging, cheats his illegitimate half-brother Stephen. Tragedy soon strikes the Elliot family.