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

martin empson swpmre at yahoo.com
Fri Sep 25 06:31:56 MDT 2009


There is a fascinating extended review and interview with Sheila Rowbotham on SW's website here:
 
http://www.socialistworker.co.uk/art.php?id=16830
 
Some really intersting nuggets of history even if you don't have time to read the whole biography. Particularly interesting is the way that people didn't "intentify" as gay or straight - brought out in the description of Carpenter's relationship with a working class man, who suddenly announces he is getting engaged and invites Carpenter to continue to visit them after their marriage.
 
I liked this summary of his life too;
 
"He left behind a privileged life to grow his own vegetables and darn his own socks, lived with George Merrell though they risked prison, and inspired thousands of workers with his vision of socialism."
 
It's seems to be a fascinating work - though it's a shame that Verso are promoting selling it through the notoriously anti-trade union Amazon.
 
Martin

Martin Empson

Treasurer, Campaign Against Climate Change Trade Union group
079 585 35231
swpmre at yahoo.com

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From: Verso Mail <versomail at verso.co.uk>
Subject: [Marxism] NEW IN PAPERBACK: EDWARD CARPENTER: A LIFE OF LIBERTY AND LOVE
To: "Martin Empson" <swpmre at yahoo.com>
Date: Friday, September 25, 2009, 11:20 AM


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.




      


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