Wouldn't some other of Forster's books make a better film? Would any other be more, well, suitable? The anxiety was inevitable. It was completed in , but remained unpublished until , a year after its author's death; and even today there are those who regard it as a blemish on his reputation, a book that should properly have been buried with his bones. So the fellows of King's listened to Mr. Merchant's disarming arguments, read a treatment by Mr.
The year old Ivory became the oldest person to win an Academy Award. In a touching speech he mentioned his late collaborators Ismail Merchant who was also his life partner and Ruth Prawer Jhabvala. Anderson and co-writer and co-director Adrian Molina thanked their same-sex spouses. In the past, such declarations of LGBT love would have made headlines. Representation matters!
The following article I wrote as a graduate student in The sources about homosexuality also reflect their time and psychological arguments about homosexuality that are no longer in line with more political views on homosexuality and do not necessarily reflect my own views. Of course, while Forster did not use Gothic elements in his novel, homosexuals are often depicted as Gothic wanderers in literature, even if their homosexuality is only hinted at. Dracula , The Picture of Dorian Gray , and many other Gothic novels have homosexual overtones to them. For more information on homosexuality and the Gothic, see my post on the Stoker biography Something in the Blood.
I would like to conduct a little touch of literary sleuthing and ask why E. M Forster, eminent English novelist, declined decade after decade to publish the one and only novel that deeply explored the truth of his nature as a gay man. In exploring the decision to refrain from publishing a book first completed in , we can also ponder the question of if and when a writer has a duty as citizen and public intellectual to enter the public arena and adopt a clear position on a contentious issue. He then clearly struggled, publishing no novels at all for the last 46 years of his life. Yet all the while, he had another novel that he circulated to those close friends he thought would be sympathetic to his attempt to depict a positive gay relationship in Edwardian England.