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...Because majs_majs asked because she was looking out for it in bookshops in Denmark:

Hope you found what you were looking for!

As you can see, the jacket isn’t the most attractively designed ever (whose idea was the orange?), but what's inside more than compensates. The front flap (above) explains more thoroughly than I can what you get by buying this edition rather than one of the several standard editions of Maurice available. I've had the 1987 Penguin film tie-in edition (below) for years, but that's just a reprint of Penguin’s original edition, with a re-crop of the original UK film poster image of James Wilby on the cover (and an overall cover style that’s aged less well than the film):

Since then, there have been other reissues and editions – both Penguin (in the Penguin Modern Classics imprint) and other publishers'. In most cases with a more attractive cover than the Abinger edition (which wouldn't be difficult), but often of a lower standard (typography, print, paper) internally. I’ve enjoyed reading and handling this edition far more than my old Penguin. As far as I can fathom (from the dearth of information given by publishers online), all the other/non-Abinger editions of Maurice simply reproduce the text of the novel, plus Forster's ‘Notes on Maurice’, as they were published in 1971. (I'm not clear whether that means these other editions also retain the textual errors that the Abinger edition corrects.) If anyone learns more – or learns otherwise – let me know!

Date: 2012-05-07 02:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rusty-armour.livejournal.com
I guess it's true when they say you shouldn't judge a book by its cover. It looks like the editions with the most attractive covers don't have the most attractive content. I'll take an ugly orange cover any day if it means good text.

My Penguin Classics edition, which was printed in 2005, follows the 1960s typescript faithfully "with a few small exceptions". I'll have to send you a copy of what's in "A Note on the Text" (if you don't have it already) as it explains what changes were made (e.g. the editor correcting obvious typos).

Really love this journal.

Date: 2012-06-13 10:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] saint4u.livejournal.com
I really love what you are doing here with this film and book. Ever since I read this novel and seen the film both Maurice and Alec have remained two of the most endearing and also interesting characters I have ever encountered. To me it seems such a shame Forster did not explore them more in another book or indeed even a short story, but I guess that what fandom is for aka filling in the gaps we long to see.

I know you have not posted in a while, but I hope you continue your work here with the book and the film.

One question though regarding this version of the book - is it still available to purchase anywhere online ? I have tried to find it since I read this post but so far I am coming up empty handed.

Re: Really love this journal.

Date: 2012-08-08 07:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] exponential63.livejournal.com
Hi! Thanks so much for your kind comments! My presence on LJ has become very patchy recently (for RL/work reasons), but I intend to continue the Maurice posts on here when I can (including some further extracts from the 1914 manuscript version).

To answer your main question, the Abinger Edition of Maurice (published by Andre Deutsch, 1999, hardback only, edited by Philip Gardner) is still available from Amazon UK at this link:


NB: The other editions of Maurice listed on Amazon (Kindle, paperbacks, other hardbacks) do *not* have the content you get in the Abinger Edition.

Like you, I adore Maurice and Alec, and have done for a very long time. However, the odd, protracted, history of ‘Maurice‘ as a manuscript will have worked against Forster himself writing a sequel. Famously, he wrote the first version(s) quite fast in 1913-14, which were circulated privately among friends and other writers. He then periodically returned to ‘Maurice’, making revisions in the 1930s (after he'd met Christopher Isherwood), then further revisions in c. 1954-1960 (at which point the hotel scene and boathouse reunion were added), generating the version of ‘Maurice’ eventually published (at Forster’s wishes) in 1971, after his death.

As you've probably picked up in my posts, Forster's first (1913-14) drafts of Maurice did include an Epilogue in which, a few years on, Maurice's sister Kitty stumbles into Maurice and Alec living/working as woodcutters in a remote part of Yorkshire. This is in the Abinger Edition, but also kindly posted online by devo79 (have you seen her wonderful WW1 Maurice/Alec sequel ‘Happy Endings’?) at: http://devo79.dreamwidth.org/2053.html

Forster wrote some other, short, stories on gay themes: some are published in ‘The Life to Come and Other Stories’. (Others - including smut for personal use - he destroyed during his lifetime.) I haven't yet read his (pre-‘Maurice‘) novel ‘The Longest Journey‘ - but I should, as that reportedly share some themes with ‘Maurice’ (as Forster notes himself in his 1960 ‘Notes on Maurice’).

There are two unofficial book-length sequels to ‘Maurice’ by US male authors, both published in the past decade, but most fans think they're dreadful. I could spend a whole post on why, but IMO the authors don't deserve the publicity! One (Fred Carrier's ‘Maurice and Alec in America‘) was vanity-published; the other is small-press published but began life as an entry for a ‘write-a-novel-in-a-month’ contest. If you're desperate to take a look, there are free extracts here:



Although there aren't nearly enough Maurice fanfics (please write some!), IMO the best are superior to, and more interesting than, the above ‘sequels’. (Including better-written, and more sympathetic to Forster's intentions and characterisation.)

rusty_armour and myself are currently working to set up a new ‘one-stop-shop’ Maurice fanfiction listing comm. here on LJ - so watch this space!
Edited Date: 2012-08-08 07:22 pm (UTC)

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