Called the "King of Correspondents" Henry W.
Nevinson (1856-1941) captured the political zeitgeist of the 19th and
early 20th centuries. Covering conflicts across the globe, the British war
correspondent commented on war in Greece,
the Siege of Ladysmith, the aftermath of revolution in Russia in
1905-6 and the tragedy at Gallipoli, helping to shape understanding of world
affairs at the time. He also campaigned for rights in Angola, Ireland
At home he was a strenuous advocate of women's suffrage. Nevinson was the first
to report sympathetically on Germany's
devastation after the First World War. In the 1920s he accompanied Ramsay MacDonald
on the first visit of a British Prime Minister to an American President.
Although courting the establishment, Nevinson cultivated controversy as a rebel. Yet he remained a highly
admired journalist and was a vivid and acute observer who wrote exquisite
prose. Drawing on Nevinson's private diaries which span nearly 50 years, Angela
V. John captures, for the first time, the story of a figure whose perspectives
whether on the Balkans, the Caucasus, the Middle East or the United States,
illuminate many of the conflicts which resonate in today's uncertain world.
Angela V. John is Honorary Professor of History at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. For many years she
was Professor of History at the University
of Greenwich in London. She has published extensively on
women's employment in nineteenth and early twentieth century Britain and was
one of the founders of the International Journal Gender & History. Her
previous books include a biography of the American-born actress, novelist and suffragette
Evelyn Sharp: Rebel Woman 1869 - 1955 by Angela V. Johns
1869-1955 Angela V.John
"This is a fascinating account of a forgotten feminist. Evelyn Sharp
was an 1890s ‘new woman' who became a militant suffragette before 1914 and
became renowned both as a journalist and children's writer. Angela V. John's
lucid and scholarly biography brings her back into view, illuminating the
social and political history of her era while skilfully weaving into the story
Sharp's long, secret love affair with the Guardian journalist she eventually
married - Henry Nevinson. "
Professor Shelia Rowbotham
This is the first biography of a remarkable writer and incorrigible rebel.
Evelyn Sharp's story encapsulates the shifts in opportunities for talented
Victorian women who survived into the mid-twentieth century.
She was born into a privileged family in 1869 and became a very popular writer
of schoolgirl fiction. Extremely versatile, she also produced fairy tales
alongside stories for the infamous ‘Yellow Book'. A Manchester Guardian
journalist for over four decades, Evelyn Sharp became the first regular
contributor to its iconic Women's Page. Before and during the First World War
she was a leading suffragette, editing the newspaper, ‘Votes for Women'.
Imprisoned twice, she was the last British Woman to refuse to pay taxes because
she lacked the vote. Increasingly committed to pacifism and international
humanitarianism, the 1920s saw her working with Quakers in Weimar
After a long and volatile relationship with the radical war correspondent,
Henry V. Nevinson, the couple married when she was sixty-three.
This biography draws on Evelyn Sharp's publications, as well as letter and
diaries vividly describing experiences such as famine relief in Soviet Russia
and daily life in wartime Kensington for an elderly woman. It will be of
particular interest to historians and those interested in children's and
women's literature as well as to anybody who enjoys biography and social
To read a sample chapter from the book, click
List of Illustrations
Evelyn Sharp's Life
Introducing the Rebel Woman
1 From Evie to Becky Sharp
2 Writing for the young
3 Fellow traveller: meeting Henry Nevinson
4 Words in Deed: women's suffrage
5 Working with war
6 The relief of peace: in Weimar Germany
7 Irish Rebels
8 Somewhere in Russia: fiction and famine
9 Still rebelling: women, writing and politics in the 1920s
10 The Child Grows Up: configuring childhood in the inter-war years
11 Defying time and the times
12 War and widowhood: Chipping Campden and Kensington
Appendix 1 Evelyn Sharp's major publications
Appendix 2 The Cheap Holiday. A short story by Evelyn Sharp.
Angela V. John is Honorary Professor of History at Aberystwyth University
Worshiping Walt: The Whitman Disciples by Michael Roberts
The Whitman Disciples Michael Robertson
Cloth | 2008 | $27.95 / £19.95
368 pp. | 6 x 9 | 27 halftones
Contains a chapter on the British "disciples" including Carpenter. Symonds and Wilde . Another chapter is dedicated to Carpenter's dear comrades of the "Eagle Street Collage" in Bolton, England.
Despite his protests, Anne Gilchrist, distinguished woman of letters, moved
her entire household from London to Philadelphia in an effort
to marry him. John Addington Symonds, historian and theorist of sexual
inversion, sent him avid fan mail for twenty years. And volunteer assistant
Horace Traubel kept a record of their daily conversations, producing a
nine-volume compilation. Who could inspire so much devotion? Worshipping
Walt is the first book on the Whitman disciples--the fascinating, eclectic
group of nineteenth-century men and women who regarded Walt Whitman not simply
as a poet but as a religious prophet.
Long before Whitman was established in the canon of American poetry,
feminists, socialists, spiritual seekers, and supporters of same-sex passion
saw him as an enlightened figure who fulfilled their religious, political, and
erotic yearnings. To his disciples Whitman was variously an ideal husband,
radical lover, socialist icon, or bohemian saint. In this transatlantic group
biography, Michael Robertson explores the highly charged connections between
Whitman and his followers, including Canadian psychiatrist R. M. Bucke,
American nature writer John Burroughs, British activist Edward Carpenter, and
the notorious Oscar Wilde. Despite their particular needs, they all viewed
Whitman as the author of a new poetic scripture and prophet of a modern liberal
Worshipping Walt presents a colorful portrait of an era of intense
religious, political, and sexual passions, shedding new light on why Whitman's
work continues to appeal to so many.
Michael Robertson is professor of English at the College of New Jersey.
He is the author of the award-winning Stephen Crane, Journalism, and the
Making of Modern American Literature and the coeditor of Walt Whitman,
Where the Future Becomes Present. A former freelance journalist, he has
written for the Village Voice, the New York Times, Columbia
Journalism Review, and numerous scholarly journals.
"For some devoted readers in the late nineteenth century, Walt Whitman
was a 'man magnified to the dimensions of a god,' and Leaves of Grass a
divinely inspired gospel. In a series of entertaining and acutely observed
biographies of the 'Whitman disciples,' Robertson situates their fervor in a
complex religions landscape."--New Yorker
"Michael Robertson has written a fascinating book on those who thought
of themselves as nearest and dearest to Walt Whitman--incontestably 'America's
greatest poet'. We've seen quite a few substantial biographies of Whitman, and
they score the various points their authors intended to score, but Mr.
Robertson's book takes a new and altogether refreshing direction by introducing
us, in some depth, to Whitman's true-blue disciples. Mr. Robertson
illuminates...the poet's enduring appeal over the generations [and] has written
a rich, memorable book. He wears his considerable erudition lightly, and he
writes like a dream."--Michael Redmond, Princeton
"Michael Robertson's Worshipping Walt...introduces us to a
handful of the 'hot little prophets' who made a cult of Whitman, and also
reminds us of the religious purpose of his poetry--with Leaves of Grass
as gospel."--Adam Begley,
New York Observer
"Robertson's collection of reflective biographies brilliantly
illuminates Whitman's life and the wider life of his poetry. It is a book of
the physical, intellectual and spiritual adventures, and the author's own
adventures with Whitman are not the least of its pleasures."--Michael
Schmidt, Financial Times
Walt Whitman and His Principal Disciples xi
Chapter One: William O'Connor and John Burroughs: Reading Whitman's New Bible
Chapter Two: Anne Gilchrist: Infatuation and Discipleship 51
Chapter Three: R. M. Bucke: Whitman and Cosmic Consciousness 97
Chapter Four: John Addington Symonds, Edward Carpenter, Oscar Wilde: Whitman
and Same-Sex Passion 139
Chapter Five: J. W. Wallace and the Eagle Street College: "Blazing More
Fervidly Than Any" 198
Chapter Six: Horace Traubel and the Walt Whitman Fellowship: The Gospel
according to Horace 232
Edward Carpenter (1844-1929) was a proponent of a "larger" Socialism, one that embraced the liberation of the emotional and spiritual life along with the economic. A small-holding farmer and cultural and political activist, he advocated the Simplification of Life and put his beliefs into practice. A man of letters, he published over 20 books, including his collection of poems Towards Democracy, and numerous additional articles. He campaigned through out his life on many issues of social concern, ranging from women's suffrage to the protection of the environment, from sexual emancipation to the formation of trade unions. A unifying spiritual vision underlay all of his life and work. As a homosexual man, he lived openly and in quiet celebration while his writings and example laid the foundation for the homosexual freedom movement of the twentieth century. More on Edward Carpenter...
Through his many friendships, Edward Carpenter transversed again and again the divisions of class, gender, sexuality, race and creed. Men and women from across the world and from all walks of life came into connection with each other through him and his home at Millthorpe in Derbyshire, England. Appreciative of this, the Edward Carpenter Forum welcomes a diversity of men and women from around the world and from a wide range of interest groups; social, political or academic.