WRITTEN IN A BURST of inspiration in 1913 and ’14 and set in the
England of the Edwardian Age, E. M. Forster’s Maurice was “dedicated to
a happier year,” though the author had no conception of when that might
be. Forster shared the manuscript with trusted friends, including D.H.
Lawrence, Virginia Woolf, T. E. Lawrence, Lytton Strachey, and Paul
Cadmus, but would not publish the novel during his lifetime. Only in
1971, a year after Forster’s death, would the novel appear in print.