When Forster wrote Maurice, which deals with love between men, homosexuality was a criminal offense in Great Britain. The novel was not published until after the author’s death in 1970. “Maurice is born into a privileged way of life, conforming to social conventions, yet he finds himself increasingly attracted to his own sex. Through Clive, a Cambridge friend, and Alec, the gamekeeper, he experiences a sexual awakening. ” – Penguin. Maurice has been adapted by Merchant Ivory into a moving film.