|MY DAYS AND DREAM|
Edward Carpenter's Autobiography
|The Edward Carpenter Archive|
by Simon Dawson
E.C.(1857) AGE THIRTEEN
MY DAYS AND DREAMS
Being Autobiographical Notes
With Portraits and Illustrations
London: George Allen and Unwin Ltd.
Ruskin House. 40 Museum Street, W.C.
First published in 1916 - (All rights reserved)
OLD St. Pancras Churchyard even now, though dominated by the huge gasometers of Wharf Road and backed against the roaring traffic of the Midland Railway, preserves something of the sylvan beauty which a hundred years ago made it the frequent trysting-place of Percy Shelley and Mary Godwin.
As it happened, in the summer of 1890, when staying in London, I used to make the garden my resort for writing purposes; and one day in July of that year I started some autobiographical notes. In a very casual way, and with long intervals between, the notes have been continued down to the present time. The volume therefore to which this is the Preface has been composed in somewhat disjointed fashion; and the discerning reader will probably perceive slight differences of style and outlook in its different portions, and perhaps also experience some uncertainty as to the proper chronology of the events which it records. In order to mitigate the latter trouble I have from time to time inserted in square brackets the date of the year in which the corresponding portion was written.
LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONSE. C. (1857), AGE 13
MY FATHER, CHARLES CARPENTER
MY MOTHER, SOPHIA WILSON CARPENTER
MY SISTER LIZZIE
SELF, IN ABOUT 1875
E.C. (1887), AGE FORTY THREE
G. E. H. ("ONE OF THE FIRST SHEFIELD SOCIALISTS")
THE HUT AND THE BROOK
ALBERT FERNEHAUGH AND "BRUNO"
MILLTHORPE COTTAGE AND ORCHARD
G. M. FEEDING THE FOWLS
SELF IN PORCH (1905)
CARTOON, "SIMPLIFICATION OF LIFE"
LILY NADLER-NUELLENS WITH HER DAUGHTER