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The American Isherwood$
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James J. Berg and Chris Freeman

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780816683611

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816683611.001.0001

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A Single Man and the American Maurice

A Single Man and the American Maurice

(p.5) 1 A Single Man and the American Maurice
The American Isherwood

Lois Cucullu

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter relates Christopher Isherwood’s novel A Single Man to E. M. Forster’s 1913 homosexual fiction Maurice. In the documentary film Chris & Don: A Love Story (2007), home movies show a young-looking Isherwood and a boyish Don Bachardy in swimsuits at Will Rogers State Beach in the early 1950s. That footage operates in the film as the locus of the pair’s trysting. Out of their surfside camaraderie on a sunny beach grew a friendship that turned amorous and lasted until Isherwood’s death in 1986. In a 1915 critique, Lytton Strachey expressed doubt about whether the relationship between the two lovers in Forster’s novel, Maurice Hall and Alec Scudder, would last half a year, much less a lifetime. This chapter argues that such a relationship could and did last.

Keywords:   novel, Christopher Isherwood, A Single Man, E. M. Forster, homosexual, Maurice, Chris & Don, Don Bachardy, Maurice Hall, Alec Scudder

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