Essay Writer

[ed. CARPENTER. Edward]

Iolaus: An Anthology of Friendship

London/Manchester/Boston: Swan Sonnenschein, the Author & Charles E. Goodspeed, 1902

8vo, pp. 191. Original mauve boards, lettered in gilt to front panel and spine. Top edge gilt, leading and lower edges uncut. Boards and gilt faded, corners a little bumped. Ex libris Minnesota Library, with their punched name to foot of title page, stamped number to foot of first page of preface, and gum residue to rear pastedown where library ticket pocket was attached.

First edition.

A collection of Uranian verse and prose, compiled by the Utopian, Socialist and early gay rights pioneer Edward Carpenter. Those anthologised here include Aristotle, Montaigne, Byron, Shelley, Tennyson and Walt Whitman, among many others.

Robert Graves, who as a schoolboy had fallen in love with a fellow pupil at Charterhouse, wrote to Carpenter in 1914: ''Iolaus' and 'The Intermediate Sex' [also by Carpenter, 1908][...] have absolutely taken the scales from my eyes & caused me immense elation: you have provided a quite convincing explanation for all the problems, doubts & suspicions that I have been troubled by in my outlook on sex, & I see everything clearly.'

Keywords: Edward CARPENTER"

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