Edward Carpenter A Life of Liberty and Love 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 cau

  • Title: Edward Carpenter: A Life of Liberty and Love
  • Author: Sheila Rowbotham
  • ISBN: 9781844674213
  • Page: 454
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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, his work anticipated the sexual revolution of the 1960s Sheila Rowbotham s highly acclaimed biographyThe 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, his work anticipated the sexual revolution of the 1960s Sheila Rowbotham s highly acclaimed 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, E.M Forster, Isadora Duncan and Emma Goldman Edward Carpenter is a compelling portrait of a man described by contemporaries as a weather vane for his times.

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    1. Sheila Rowbotham

      Sheila Rowbotham born 1943 is a British socialist feminist theorist and writer.Rowbotham was born in Leeds in present day West Yorkshire , the daughter of a salesman for an engineering company and an office clerk From an early age, she was deeply interested in history She has written that traditional political history left her cold , but she credited Olga Wilkinson, one of her teachers, with encouraging her interest in social history by showing that history belonged to the present, not to the history textbooks.Rowbotham attended St Hilda s College at Oxford and then the University of London She began her working life as a teacher in comprehensive schools and institutes of higher or Adult education While attending St Hilda s College, Rowbotham found her syllabus with its heavy focus on political history to be of no interest to her Through her involvement in the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, and various socialist circles including the Labour Party s youth wing, the Young Socialists, Rowbotham was introduced to Karl Marx s ideas Already on the left, Rowbotham was converted to Marxism Soon disenchanted with the direction of party politics she immersed herself in a variety of left wing campaigns, including writing for the radical political newspaper Black Dwarf In the 1960s, Rowbotham was one of the founders and leaders of the History Workshop movement associated with Ruskin College.Towards the end of the 1960s she had become involved in the growing Women s Liberation Movement also known as Second wave feminism and, in 1969, published her influential pamphlet Women s Liberation and the New Politics , which argued that Socialist theory needed to consider the oppression of women in cultural as well as economic terms She was heavily involved in the conference Beyond the Fragments eventually a book , which attempted to draw together democratic socialist and socialist feminist currents in Britain Between 1983 and 1986, Rowbotham served as the editor of Jobs for Change, the newspaper of the Greater London Council from

    310 thoughts on “Edward Carpenter: A Life of Liberty and Love”

    1. A thorough and fascinating biography of an extraordinary socialist, feminist, and gay activist, who lived openly with his male partner at the same time as Oscar Wilde was being pilloried and prosecuted for his sexuality.


    2. This is a great book, I am so glad I finally read it took a while, the length is intimidating Very thorough, and the subject deserves it Impossible to do credit to Edward Carpenter in the space of a review like this, and to really do him justice, best to read the 456 pages of the main text of this book No doubt short bios of Carpenter exist, and if you don t feel the need to know every tiny detail of his life, you might look for one of them As for me, I finished this long book with curiosity to [...]


    3. Reading Rowbothams exhaustive new biography of Edward Carpenter was a little like reading my own biography Not because my life resembles Carpenter s, but that my life has changed so much since I was first introduced to him Much of what I originally admired about him no longer seems admirable to me his politics too idealistic to be effective his sex life sordid, self loathing, and unnecessarily complicated his appearance absurd and too self regarding I am rigid with middle aged disapproval for my [...]


    4. 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 it up Who was Edward Carpenter and why would somebody write a biography about him Though my questions were answered, this book was not the easiest of reads Wading through the detailed analysis of his works is a bit of a chore The book is entertaining when focusing on the man and his passions, both se [...]


    5. An interesting life made unreadable by an irritating prose style and an archness about that dreadful thing which Freud calls sex, to quote Lucia After about the 37th reference to handsome strapping young workingclass men accompanied by 37 ways of expressing nudge nudge wink wink, I abandoned the effort of picking out the important themes in the life of this first modern advocate not apologist of a gay male way of life, whom everyone knew How could it not be fascinating By Rowbotham s inability t [...]


    6. This wonderfully written and extremely well researched biography of Edward Carpenter 1844 1929 , by the co author with Jeffrey Weeks of Socialism and the New Life The Personal and Sexual Politics of Edward Carpenter and Havelock Ellis 1977 , is likely to become the definitive life of this pioneering campaigner for gay liberation.


    7. There has long been a need for a thorough biography of Edward Carpenter and we now have one that is solidly researched and readably written on Carpenter s long, and, in terms of both relationships and politics, complex life It provides a good sense of his context, and also of the very diffuse and persistence influence he had.





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