[Marxism] NEW IN PAPERBACK: EDWARD CARPENTER: A LIFE OF LIBERTY AND LOVE

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NEW IN PAPERBACK:



EDWARD CARPENTER: A LIFE OF LIBERTY AND LOVE



By Sheila Rowbotham



Published 5th October, 2009


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Shortlisted for the James Tait Black Memorial Prize


Finalist for the Lambda Literary Award


"Magnificent ... definitive." - Tristram Hunt, Observer

"One of the best political biographies for many years. It is not just a book about the past; it's bursting with ideas that remain relevant to the future of humanity."
- Peter Tatchell, Observer Books of the Year

"A powerful and entertaining biography of the 'sexy sage of Sheffield' ... This absorbing book opens the whole period of early socialism in Britain. And it reads beautifully."
 - Jeanette Winterson, The Times



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The first major biography of late Victorian sexual and political libertarian, Edward Carpenter, by renowned feminist historian, Sheila Rowbotham. A rare document of the alternative lifestyles and radicalism of Carpenter's times by a woman who was on the frontline of the left and feminist movements of the sixties.

Edward Carpenter, libertarian and campaigner for gay love, women's suffrage, nudism and recycling, was a central figure in the cultural and political landscape of late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Edward Carpenter provides clues to many lost interconnections in the cultural history of the time and documents the alternative lifestyles that flourished on the fringes of Victorian culture, including everything from socialism and anarchism to Eastern spirituality and mysticism.

His milieu serves as a vital link in understanding the shifts in attitude and behaviour that came to define the move into a new era and in many ways acted as a precursor to the radicalism that defined Rowbotham's experience of the sixties and seventies.

Meticulously researched and beautifully written, this critically acclaimed biography situates Carpenter's life and thought in relation to the social, aesthetic and intellectual movements of his day, and explores his friendship with figures such as Walt Whitman, Robert Graves, Oscar Wilde, E.M. Forster, Isadora Duncan and Emma Goldman.
With a commitment to bringing out the range of interconnections evident in Carpenter's life, through his network, his mix of causes, his interests and his thought, Rowbotham knits together an alternative social history of Victorian England and presents a compelling portrait of a man described by his contemporaries as a "weather-vane" for his times.



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EVENTS:

To celebrate the publication in paperback of Edward Carpenter, Sheila Rowbotham will be participating in events across the UK:

October 11, 12noon-4pm: Off the Shelf Festival, Sheffield: Edward Carpenter Walk. For more information and tickets (£4): http://www.offtheshelf.org.uk/events.php?eiID=1219 or 0114 273 4737.

October 12: Off the Shelf Festival, Sheffield: In Conversation with Sally Goldsmith about Edward Carpenter. For more information and tickets: http://www.offtheshelf.org.uk/events.php?eiID=1229 or 0114 273 4737.

October 14: History Seminar: 'Edward Carpenter and Socialist/Anarchist movements', Aberystwyth University

October 15, 7.30pm: Edward Carpenter: A Life of Liberty and Love talk and Paperback launch, Bishopsgate Institute, London. For more information and tickets (£7/5): http://www.bishopsgate.org.uk/events_details.asp?EventsID=418 or 020 7392 9220.

November 3, 6.15pm: Edward Carpenter talk, Ealing Central Libraries. For more information and tickets (£3): http://www.ealing.gov.uk/services/leisure/libraries/library_events/ or 020 8567 3670.

November 13, 6.30pm: Edward Carpenter: A Life of Liberty and Love talk hosted by the Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association, Conway Hall. For more information on the free talk and wine reception: http://galha.org/upcoming-events/



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978-1-84467-421-3 / £12.99 / $24.95 / Paperback / 576 pages
978-1-84467-295-0 / £24.99 / $39.95 / Hardback / 576 pages


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Available at all good bookshops and:



UK:



http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/book/9781844674213/Edward-Carpenter



http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1844674215/ref=pd_lpo_k2_dp_sr_2?pf_rd_p=471057153&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=1844672956&pf_rd_m=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&pf_rd_r=00ATCQVRP78N9PNCB5GE



US:



http://www.amazon.com/Edward-Carpenter-Life-Liberty-Love/dp/1844674215/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpi_1


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