This is the first paperback edition of Maurice, published in 1972. E M Forster wrote his narrative of homosexual love in 1913, and revised it several times in the 1930s and 1960s. Maurice is a coming-of-age story which follows the title character from his school days into adulthood, narrating his journey to come to terms with his sexuality.
The novel was published posthumously in 1971, primarily because homosexuality remained illegal in Britain until 1967, and the author could have been accused of promoting criminal behaviour. However, several people read the draft of Maurice in Forster’s lifetime, including his friend and fellow writer Christopher Isherwood.
Who created the cover image?
The cover image is a photograph titled ‘Teddie’ by the Parisian-born photographer Baron Adolph de Meyer (1868–1946). De Meyer settled in London in the early 20th-century, and later moved to the United States after World War One. While in London he joined the Royal Society of Photography and frequented upper-class circles, photographing aristocrats such as Lady Ottoline Morrell. Renowned for his stylish portraits, de Meyer worked for publications such as Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar.