"'Maurice' lacks both the moments of poetry of the early novels and the dense and thoughtful complexity of 'Howards End' and 'A Passage to India'....It is slightly more frank on the subject of homosexuality than Forster cared to let on....It contains two short words which are still considered offensive in many circles, and perhaps more egregious, a scene in the bedroom of a country house in which a patrician youth is hugging a gamekeeper. Homosexuality is one of the novel's subjects, and so, as that embrace implies, is the idea of class. On both subjects, Forster's view could have been considered irregular. Now, it would be hard to judge them as anything but quaint....The novel is an Edwardian fantasy of liberation."Forster, E. M. is the author of 'Maurice', published 2005 under ISBN 9780393310320 and ISBN 0393310329.