Book Reviews of Maurice

ISBN: 240

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1973 Signet edition with a mustachioed dandy on a pink background. Written 1913-14; published posthumously in 1971. A tale of love both lost and found in early 20th century England. James Wilby, Hugh Grant, and Rupert Graves starred in the 1987 Merchant-Ivory film. Describes same-sex love in a fulfillingly romantic but also funny way that has a more timeless quality than even the author himself thought shortly before his death, as evidenced by his note on the manuscript: "Publishable, but worth it?". What really sets apart Maurice from other, more contemporary gay fiction is the archetypical nature of both the storyline and the three principal characters as representatives of different classes and different forms of masculinity.