Carpenter, Edward

Carpenter, Edward, 1844–1929, English author. Although ordained a minister in 1869, he became a Fabian socialist in 1874 and renounced religion. Among his works on social reform are Towards Democracy (1883–1902), a long unrhymed poem revealing the influence of his friend Walt Whitman England's Ideal (1887) Civilization: Its Cause and Cure (1889) and Love's Coming of Age (1896), which treats relations between the sexes.

See the autobiographical My Days and Dreams (1916) biography by S. Rowbotham (2009) E. Delavenay, D. H. Lawrence and Edward Carpenter (1971).

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