The story follows Maurice, a young man in love grappling with his sexuality at the beginning of the twentieth century. During the period in which the novel is set, there is not only extreme prejudice towards same sex relationships in English society, but even laws against them.
Although now a significant LGBT+ novel, Maurice was not initially published until after the author’s death. Written between 1913 and 1914, the novel’s release faced the same real world prejudices as the titular character and E.M. Forster kept the manuscript secret.
Maurice was finally published posthumously in 1971, more than half a century after it was originally written.
Whishaw described the novel as a, “passionate and poignant tale,” and one which “serves as a hopeful plea from another era, a happy reminder that queer love isn’t doomed to fail despite what we might be told.”
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