by E. M. Forster , Steven D. Levitt
Editor: Penguin Books Ltd
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Surprisingly frank and deeply autobiographical account of homosexual relations in an era when love between men was not only stigmatization, but also to the law, EMForster Maurice is edited by PNFurbank with an introduction by David Leavitt in Penguin ClassicsMaurice Hall was a young man growing confident in his privileged status and well aware of his role in society.Modest and generally conformist, yet he finds himself more and more attracted to his own sex.Thanks to Clive, whom he met at Cambridge University, and thanks to Alec, the gamekeeper on Clive country estate, Maurice gradually experienced a great emotion, and sexual awakening.A story of passion, bravery and contempt, this intensely personal novel was completed in 1914 but remained unpublished until after Forster died in 1970Irresistibly, honestly and beautifully written, it offers a powerful condemnation of the repressive attitude of British society, and is both a moving love story and an intimate story of an erotic and political man, the discovery of selfIn his introduction, David Leavitt explores the significance of the novel in relation to Forster’s own life, as a founding act of modern gay literatureThis edition reproduces the Abinger text of the novel, and includes new notes, chronology and bibliographyEMForster (1879-1970) was a famous English author and critic and a member of the Bloomsbury groupHis first novel, Où les Anges Craignent De marcher, published in 1905The longest Voyage appeared in 1907, followed by Une Chambre Avec Vue (1908), based in part on material from a long holiday in Italy with his motherHowards End (1910) was a story centred on an English country house and treated with confrontation between the two families, one interested in art and literature, and the other only in businessMaurice was revised several times during his lifetime, and finally published posthumously in 1971
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