Places Discussed

(Critical Guide to Settings and Places in Literature)


*London. Great Britain’s capital city, in which Maurice Hall grows up and works. His suburban house is “near London, in a comfortable villa among some pines.” The location may well be southwest of London in Weybridge, in Surrey, where Forster lived with his mother from 1904 to 1924. Surrey is also the location of Windy Corner, the home of the Honeychurches in A Room with a View (1908). London suburbs are growing rapidly in the early twentieth century, particularly in middle-class detached houses. Mr. Hall is able to commute easily by train to his job in the city, as Maurice will do after him. As Forster says, Maurice’s suburban surroundings are exasperating in their very normality. Maurice works in the area of London known simply as the City, which is the oldest part of London and its financial center. The offices of Hill and Hall are here, and this location stands in stark contrast to Cambridge and even suburbia. The values of the City are symbolized by money, and it is no accident that Maurice and Clive’s relationship suffers once they leave Cambridge and that Maurice and Alec have trouble making a connection in the City and in the British Museum, that warehouse of empire.


*Cambridge. City north of London that is the home of Cambridge University, one of England’s two great “ancient universities.” In the early twentieth century, the city had a mix of medieval and classical...

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Literary Techniques

(Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction)

Forster's principal technique in Maurice emerges from his self-confessed determination to develop three major male characters, have...

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Ideas for Group Discussions

(Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction)

The major theme of Maurice focuses on homosexuality to the extent that one school of criticism argues that the work is a propaganda...

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Social Concerns

(Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction)

EM. Forster completed Maurice in 1914, but the work was not published until 1971, the year following the writer's death. The third...

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Literary Precedents

(Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction)

Given the legal problems surrounding the publication of Maurice, uncovering "literary precedents" for the novel proves difficult. Even...

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Related Titles

(Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction)

Although Maurice stands far apart from the five novels published during Forster's lifetime, it does contain a number of thin threads...

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(Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction)

In 1987, Kit Hesket-Harvey and James Ivory adapted Maurice to a 140-minute color film, the piece directed by Ivory and produced by...

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(Critical Guide to British Fiction)

Colmer, John E. E. M. Forster: The Personal Voice. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1975. A full, balanced account of Forster’s life and critical assessment of Forster’s major works.

Gardner, Philip, ed. E. M. Forster: The Critical Heritage. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1973. Dealing with contemporaneous views of Forster and his works, the critical assessment of Maurice is balanced and judicious, and includes autobiographical details.

McDowell, Frederick P. W., ed. E. M. Forster: An Annotated Bibliography of Writings About Him. DeKalb: Northern Illinois University Press, 1976. A comprehensive bibliography, providing entries on Maurice that demonstrate the critical reception of the novel in 1971 and after.

Page, Norman. E. M. Forster. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1987. This compact resource charts the life and career of Forster. Page ranks Maurice among Forster’s minor fiction and is critical of the work, regarding it as an “experiment that misfired,” too subtle in its handling of homosexuality.