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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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5.7 X 8.4 X 1.2 inches | 1.15 pounds
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About the Author

William di Canzio is a playwright, whose plays--including the award-winning Dooley and Johnny Has Gone for a Soldier--have been staged in New York, Los Angeles, San Diego, and Philadelphia; at Yale University and the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center; and at the National Constitution Center. He has taught literature, writing, and theater studies at Smith College, Haverford College, and Yale University. At Yale he was appointed dean of Trumbull College. He is currently associated with the Pennoni Honors College of Drexel University, where his work has been recognized with their award for outstanding teaching.


Just when it began to seem that I couldn't read E. M. Forster's Maurice one more time, as much as I love it, here's Alec, William di Canzio's brilliant reimagining of Forster's classic. Alec extends Maurice, delivers it to us intact but refreshed and reconsidered. I, for one, am extremely grateful." --Michael Cunningham, author ofThe Hours

The classic love story of upperclass Englishman Maurice Hill and gamekeeper Alec Scudder comes alive again in this inspired reimagining of E. M. Forster's novel Maurice. Although told this time from Alec's point of view, the new novel successfully captures the spirit of Forster's original. . .the love story itself remains timeless, and its seamless reimagining is an altogether memorable accomplishment. One imagines Forster would be pleased. --Booklist (starred review)

Playwright Di Canzio's canny debut retells E.M. Forster's pioneering gay classic, Maurice, from the point of view of the gamekeeper who ends up with the title character. . . Di Canzio liberally quotes dialogue from Forster's novel for dozens of pages, creating a satisfying blend of fan fiction and intertextuality. The romance and the wartime scenes are particularly well rendered, as is a postwar episode featuring Alec in Cassis. --Publishers Weekly

Heartfelt, sexy, and luminously written, DiCanzio's novel conjures the Forsterian spirit to bring Alec and Maurice into the modern world. The deft interweaving of queer history, queer fiction, queer biography and sheer imagination kept me thinking and open to surprise. I loved it. --Wendy Moffat, author of A Great Unrecorded History: a New Life of E.M. Forster

Maurice and Alec are one of literature's iconic couples. It's been more than a century since Forster first let these lovers into the world, and what a treat to return to them now, in di Canzio's moving homage, where we find our boys still offering valuable lessons, still tender and troubled and courageous enough to love. --Justin Torres, author of We the Animals