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CFE James Ivory: A Life with Forster 11/04/21

James Ivory: A Life with Forster

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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James Ivory: A Life with Forster

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.