Edward Carpenter: In Appreciation, first published in 1931, presents a collection of tributes to and reminiscences about the renowned socialist poet, pioneering gay rights activist, environmentalist and political thinker. Embroiled in controversy with prominent figures of all political persuasions in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Carpenter’s vision of sexual freedom, democracy and an end to commercialism was maintained with integrity over the course of his whole life. These portraits and anecdotes testify to a man of both determination and warmth, whose writings, though inspirational for many up to the 1960s, are seldom read today.
Table of Contents
Editor’s Preface 1. Edward Carpenter as I knew him Henry Bishop 2. My Earliest Teacher C.T. Cramp 3. Angels’ Wings Edward J. Dent 4. Edward Carpenter as a Friend G. Lowes Dickinson 5. Havelock Ellis 6. Personal Impressions of Edward Carpenter Mrs. Havelock Ellis 7. Edward Carpenter as I knew him Guido Ferrando 8. Some Memories E.M. Forster 9. Edward Carpenter’s Influence Katharine Bruce Glasier 10. A Worker’s Friendship in the Last Yeas W.J. Godfrey 11. A Norwegian Appreciation Illit Gröndahl 12. A Peaceful Penetrator Laurence Housman 13. From the Family Point of View Ida G. Hyett 14. The Last Years Edward Inigan 15. A Pilgrimage to Derbyshire George Ives 16. The Living Man J. Ramsay MacDonald 17. Edward Carpenter’s Work and Life Clara Mayers 18. Edward Carpenter at Home R.H. Minshall 19. Walt Whitman and other American Friends of Edward Carpenter Will S. Monroe 20. Memories of Edward Carpenter R.F. Muirhead 21. Work and Freedom Henry W. Nevinson 22. Edward Carpenter as Man and Scientific Thinker Harold Picton 23. A Sage at Close Quarters Henry S. Salt 24. A Frenchwoman’s Tribute Marcelle Senard 25. A very small Tribute to a very great Friend Walter Seward 26. Towards the End of Life Evelyn Sharp 27. Edward as I knew him Charles F. Sixsmith 28. Edward Carpenter and Towards Democracy Raymond Unwin 29. Farewell Message Left by Edward Carpenter to be Read over his Grave