Edward Carpenter 1844-1929: Prophet of Human Fellowship

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Cambridge University Press, Sep 15, 2005 - History - 260 pages
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This is the first full-scale biography of Edward Carpenter, an 'eminent Victorian' who played an intriguing role in the revival of Socialism in Britain in the late nineteenth century. 'A worthy heir of Carlyle and Ruskin', as Tolstoy called him, Carpenter tackled boldly the problems of alienation under the pressures of commercial civilisation, and developed a strongly personalised brand of Socialism which inspired both the Labour Party and its enemies, Syndicalism and Anarchism. A homosexual, he grappled with the problems of sexual alienation above all, and emerged as the foremost advocate of the homosexual cause at a time when it was a social 'taboo'. This study, based upon letters and many other personal documents, reveals much of Carpenter's personal life which has hitherto remained obscure, including his 'comradeship' with some of his working-men friends and his influence upon such notable literary figures as Siegfried Sassoon, E. M. Forster and D. H. Lawrence.
 

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Contents

A Cambridge liberal
13
A lecturer for the people
29
The Socialist revival
49
Sheffield workers and Millthorpians
63
Labour and civilisation
78
Journey to the East
103
Humantarianism and larger Socialism
121
George Merrill
135
Critical years
152
The Great War
166
Last years
182
List of works by Edward Carpenter
221
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