Saturday, September 27, 2008

Edward Carpenter; A Life of Liberty and Love

Sheila Rowbotham, author of Hidden from History, and The Friends of Alice Wheeldon, has written a major new biography of the pioneering advocate of free love, gay rights and women's suffrage - the anarchist-socialist, Edward Carpenter. 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, Carpenter’s work anticipated the sexual revolution of the 1960s and placed him at the epicenter of the literary culture of his day."

This 584 page book is available from Verso;