Edward Carpenter Brings German Sexology to Sheffield

Dr Seán Williams from the School of Languages and Cultures explores the writing life of Edward Carpenter, Sheffield-based gay rights writer and campaigner.

Edward Carpenter
English social reformer and author Edward Carpenter (1844-1929). (Frederick Hollyer / Hulton Archive / Getty Images)

Edward Carpenter was a thinker, writer, and sandal maker who argued for gay rights around 1900. He was a socialist, too. And he lived and loved openly in Sheffield. In May 1914, he was invited to give a lecture in Berlin at a large conference on sexology, planned for October. Ted must have been keen - scribbling down his thoughts in German almost immediately, correcting his word order as he went. But then war broke out. In Sunday's documentary, we hear how Edward Carpenter brought German sexology to Sheffield.

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BBC Radio 3 - Sunday Feature, Edward Carpenter Brings German Sexology to Sheffield

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