“Maurice” written in 1913-1914, but published posthumously,
it is a homosexual love story, considered controversial, given that Forster’s
homosexuality had not been widely acknowledged.Critics continue to discuss over
the extent to which Forster’s sexuality and his personal activites influenced
his writing, especially in this book.
“A passage to India” (1924), his last and most controversial novel,
brought the greatest success to his life.It is the last completed novel that he
published during his lifetime.Acclaimed as his masterpiece, the novel is subtle
and rich in symbolism, and works on several levels.It talks about India (a colonial
possession of Britain at that time) and about the relations between Indian and British
people in this country.A passage to India reveals Forster’s interest in politics
and religion aswell.It was written in 1913 and not published until 1924.It is inspired
mainly from E.M Forster’s own experience as a temporary resident in India and his
contacts with the Indian people and with the British servants, called Anglo-Indians.
In addition to other essays,
novels, and short stories, Forster wrote a biography of his great-aunt, Marianne
Thornton, published in 1956; Alexandria: A history and a Guide (1922); a documentary
account of his Indian experiences, “The Hill of Devi (1953).Forster did not publish
another novel, spending his last forty-six years of his life writing non-fiction
and short stories.