Books: Boy Meets Boy

MAURICE by E.M. Forster. 256 pages. Norton. $6.95.

ALBERGO EMPEDOCLE AND OTHER WRITINGS by E.M. Forster. 272 pages. Liveright. $7.95.

Time: 1948. Scene: The quaintly musty Cambridge University rooms where E.M. Forster lived the last 25 years of his life as an honorary fellow. The young visitor was Gore Vidal, who had just piqued the U.S. literary scene with The City and the Pillar, perhaps the frankest homosexual novel in the language to date. Forster allowed as how he too had once written—but suppressed—a homosexual novel that boldly depicted two boys in bed together....

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