Edward Carpenter: a life of liberty and love
Challenging both capitalism and the values of Western civilization, the gay socialist writer Edward Carpenter had an extraordinary impact on the cultural and political landscape of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. A mystic advocate of, among other causes, free love, recycling, nudism, women's suffrage and prison reform, Carpenter's work anticipated the sexual revolution of the 1960s and placed him at the epicenter of the literary culture of his day.
Meticulously researched and beautifully written, this major new biography situates Carpenter's life and thought in relation to the social, aesthetic and intellectual movements of his day, and explores his friendships with figures such as Walt Whitman, Robert Graves, Oscar Wilde, E.M. Forster, Isadora Duncan and Emma Goldman. Edward Carpenter paints a compelling portrait of a man described by contemporaries as a 'weather-vane' for his times.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - mattparfitt - LibraryThing
Edward Carpenter is a fascinating figure, and historically important - in the history of British labor movements, in the history of "new age" thought and most of all in the history of gay rights. So ... Read full review
Review: Edward Carpenter: A Life of Liberty and LoveUser Review - Evan Pritchard - Goodreads
I didn't even know I wanted to read a biography of a late 19th century gay British socialist. I saw this book prominently displayed on the New Biographies shelf at the library and impulsively picked ... Read full review
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Carpenter in 1857 aged thirteen
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