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Edward Carpenter (1844-1929), Writer on social subjects

Sitter in 8 portraits
Writer and advocate of libertarian beliefs; after a brief career at Cambridge, worked as a University Extension lecturer in the north of England; settled at Millthorpe, Derbyshire, 1883, where he combined his literary work with the simple life of gardening and sandal-making. Carpenter's works include Towards Democracy, 1883-1902, England's Ideal, 1885, and Civilisation, its Cause and Cure, 1889. From 1893, he lived openly with his working class lover, his rejection of conventional notions of social and sexual behaviour having a profound impact on such younger followers as E.M. Forster. His book Homogenic Love (1895) advocated the acceptance of relationships between men.

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