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This issue of the Forum website commemorates the eightieth anniversary of Edward Carpenter's death on June 28, 1929. We've brought together a collection of offerings that include EC's reflections on death in our Web Premier and Member's Choice, his friend's memories of him in Featured Essay and In Appreciation, a memento of his last years in Carpenter Letters, and a celebration of the legacy of his published works in our Photo Essay.
Two very important participants in the history of Carpenter studies join us with this issue.
Jonathan Cutbill is the current Carpenter Literary Executor and a Gay antiquarian, bibliographer, publisher, and collector. He has put together items from his collection for our Photo Essay this month. The EC Forum once again extends our warm thanks to him and gratitude for his ongoing permission to print unpublished Carpenter material.
Professor Chushichi Tsuzuki, who published the first full scale biography of EC entitled Edward Carpenter 1844-1929: Prophet of Human Fellowship, has graciously allowed us to reprint his essay on Carpenter's last years for our Featured Essay. His biography, first published in 1980, was reprinted by Cambridge University Press last year.
Speaking of biographies, Sheila Rowbotham's Edward Carpenter: A Life of Liberty and Love recently won the USA's Lambda Literary Foundation Award for best biography. Congratulations Sheila! We plan on having more coverage on Sheila's book in our next issue.
Sheila at San Francisco's City Lights Bookshop with EC in the Window.
Several other books released in the last year of interest to Carpenter enthusiasts have come to our attention. We have listed these in a Books of Note section in the left hand side bar.
The Forum will be sponsoring a day long exploration of "Carpenter's Cambridge" on September 19, 2009 in Cambridge, England. See the Events listing for more details.
We wish to extend a happy Gay Day to everyone. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the watershed event of the modern Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender movement, the Stonewall Riots in New York City on June 28, 1969. Occurring exactly 40 years to the day after Carpenter's death, it would perhaps not be overstating it to say that Carpenter's greatest legacy lay in the movement that his writings, organizing activities and vision helped to bring into existence.