Carpenter's writings

Scope and Content

This class consists of cuttings, journals, and pamphlets containing articles, poems, short stories, reviews, and letters written by Carpenter, many of which are first publications. Topics covered vary vastly and embrace many of Carpenter's interests, including various progressive causes which would become major issues later in the twentieth century. Subjects include: the early Labour movement and socialism; syndicalism; imperial expansion; prison reform; the abolition of the death penalty; general social reform; animal rights; foreign affairs and politics, and the First World War; Walt Whitman; smoke problems and pollution; health and the human body; sexuality; mountaineering and walking.


All the pieces are by Carpenter unless stated otherwise. The items are arranged chronologically. Undated items have been dated as far as possible using A Bibliography of Edward Carpenter, published by Sheffield City Libraries in 1949. Items for which a date cannot be determined have been placed at the end of the class.

Related Material

Eng 1331/2/2/2/1 contains a short poem by Carpenter, entitled 'Two Gifts'.