James Ivory: A Life with Forster


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“Did you ever dream you had a friend, Alec? Someone to last your whole life and you his.”

In the 50th year since the publication of E.M. Forster’s influential novel Maurice, join Oscar and BAFTA-winning film director, producer and screenwriter James Ivory as he reflects on the significance of Forster’s writing in his own work. Ivory looks back on his experience of adapting Maurice for the screen and shares previously unseen telegrams which he exchanged with Forster in the 1960s when they attempted to meet in person.

Although not published until 1970, Maurice was written in 1914 during a time when love between men was not only stigmatised but illegal. Maurice is an astonishingly frank, brave and passionate account of a man’s sexual and political awakening. It is a founding work of modern gay literature, and today it continues to offer a stark and powerful reminder of oppressive societal attitudes towards gay people.


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