Edward Carpenter





San Francisco EC Exhibit 2009

ec06_1905.jpgMy Days and Dreams:

The Worlds of Edward Carpenter,

Early Gay Freedom Pioneer


January 1 - 31, 2009

San Francisco Public Library
Main Library
100 Larkin Street, San Francisco
Third Floor

One of the earliest advocates of freedom for the people he termed "Homogenic", Edward Carpenter (1844-1929) set the stage over one hundred years ago for what would become today's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Freedom Movement.  At a time when same sex loving men were imprisoned for their desire, he lived openly for nearly 40 years with his dear "boy", George Merrill. Carpenter's writings and life inspired several generations of homosexual people, including the novelist EM Foster, who wrote his novel Maurice after visiting him. Carpenter's influence on Mattachine Society and Radical Fairies founder Harry Hay directly contributed to the birth of the modern LGBT movement.  Even the poet Allen Ginsberg traces his gay poetic lineage back to Walt Whitman through Carpenter.

Yet Edward Carpenter in his own time was widely know as many things: a poet, socialist, critic of "Civilization", mystic, vegetarian, rational dress advocate, anarchist, simple life advocate, women's freedom supporter, pagan; in short, a harbinger of the many new worlds of the mind and body that were overthrowing the certainties of the Victorian era and giving birth to the Modern period.

This exhibit, drawn from the collection of Edward Carpenter Forum co-founder Joey Cain,  uses rare books, pamphlets and photographs to explore some of those worlds.


edward carpenter northern events.jpgSheila Rowbotham's Appearances in California In Support of Her New Biography,

Edward Carpenter: A Life of Liberty and Love.


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Thursday, January 8, 2009
San Francisco Public Library,
Main Library
100 Larkin Street, San Francisco CA
Latino/Hispanic Room.
Presented by the James C. Hormel Gay & Lesbian Center of the San Francisco Public Library, The Edward Carpenter Forum and the Gay & Lesbian Historical Society

Sunday, January 11,
2-4 pm
Bound Together Anarchist Collective Book Store,
1369 Haight Street, San Francisco, CA
Book signing only.
Monday, January 12, 2009
12 noon
Stanford University
Room 307 in History Corner (Lane Hall).
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
7 pm
Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley.
Thursday, Januaury 15, 2009
4:00 pm
University of Santa Cruz
Sunday Januaury 18, 2-4 PM
ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives
626 N. Robertson Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90069
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
12 noon
University of California at Los Angeles.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
7-9 PM
Alexander Berkman Social Club
522 Valencia St., San Francisco CA
(between 16th & 17th St.)