Maurice

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Alianza Editorial, 2003 - Fiction - 251 pages
Publicada en 1971 tras la muerte de E. M. FORSTER, que no quiso darla a la imprenta en vida por temor al alboroto que podría suscitar, MAURICE se convirtió rápidamente en obra emblemática de una experiencia vital común a millones de personas. En efecto, la novela, escrita con la sabiduría propia del autor de «Pasaje a la India» (L 5501), narra el descubrimiento del amor homosexual de un joven de familia acomodada y su subsiguiente vivencia del mismo. El valor de la novela, sin embargo, no reside sólo en la exploración conmovedora y magistral de un tema tradicionalmente tabú, sino en la decidida y optimista voluntad de Forster de redimirlo de sombras, tormentos y desdichas: «El final feliz era imperativo. Estaba decidido a que por lo menos en una obra de ficción dos hombres se enamorasen y permaneciesen unidos en ese para siempre que la ficción permite; y en ese sentido, Maurice y Alec aún vagan por los bosques. La única penalidad que la sociedad les impone es un exilio que alegremente abrazan».

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Edward Morgan Forster was born on January 1, 1879, in London, England. He never knew his father, who died when Forster was an infant. Forster graduated from King's College, Cambridge, with B.A. degrees in classics (1900) and history (1901), as well as an M.A. (1910). In the mid-1940s he returned to Cambridge as a professor, living quietly there until his death in 1970. Forster was named to the Order of Companions of Honor to the Queen in 1953. Forster's writing was extensively influenced by the traveling he did in the earlier part of his life. After graduating from Cambridge, he lived in both Greece and Italy, and used the latter as the setting for the novels Where Angels Fear to Tread (1905) and A Room with a View (1908). The Longest Journey was published in 1907. Howard's End was modeled on the house he lived in with his mother during his childhood. During World War I, he worked as a Red Cross Volunteer in Alexandria, aiding in the search for missing soldiers; he later wrote about these experiences in the nonfiction works Alexandria: A History and Guide and Pharos and Pharillon. His two journeys to India, in 1912 and 1922, resulted in A Passage to India (1924), which many consider to be Forster's best work; this title earned the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. Forster wrote only six novels, all prior to 1925 (although Maurice was not published until 1971, a year after Forster's death, probably because of its homosexual theme). For much of the rest of his life, he wrote literary criticism (Aspects of the Novel) and nonfiction, including biographies (Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson), histories, political pieces, and radio broadcasts. Howard's End, A Room with a View, and A Passage to India have all been made into successful films.

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