Edward Carpenter






Books Of Note

Books of Note

Bolton Celebration Essay

The Walt Whitman Quarterly Review's current issue (Winter 2009) contains an essay about the Bolton Whitman Celebration held in May of 2008 in Bolton, Lancashire. The Edward Carpenter Forum participated in this event and the article is co-authored by Joey Cain of the Forum and Michael Robertson of the Collage of New Jersey, USA. Michael is the author of Worshipping Walt: The Whitman Disciples from Princeton University Press and was a featured speaker at the three day Bolton event.

Copies of the Review can be ordered from The Walt Whitman Quarterly Review

mr-ps-lm-bolton-08.jpgHistorian Paul Salveson, the Lord Mayor of Bolton and Michael Robertson unveiling the Whitman historical plaque on the front of the Bolton Public Library. The Library contains one of the largest collections of Whitman materials in the world in the collections related to the "Eagle Street Collage".  Edward Carpenter was close friends with several of the Bolton Whitmanites.

Award Nomination

Shiela Rowthbotham's biography, Edward Carpenter: A Life of Liberty and Love has been selected as finanlist for this this years Lambda Literary Awards  in the catagory of Gay Memoir/Biography. The Lambda Literary Awards seek to recognize excellence in the field of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender literature. For more information click here.

Congradulations Sheila!

Sheila in front of San Francisco's famed City Lights Bookstore during her January 2008 book tour of California.



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.