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Reprinting Edward Carpenter’s "Towards Democracy"

November 2018

To celebrate the 175th birthday of famous Sheffield radical and LGBT icon Edward Carpenter, the newly formed Sheffield-based Millthorpe Press Co-operative is republishing some of Carpenter’s best work, starting with a new edition of his classic poem, "Towards Democracy". The edition will include the original poem and a selections of contemporary reviews and critical articles about the poem.

A minimum sum of £4,000 will launch Millthorpe Press and cover the costs of printing a high quality hard back edition of the poem by a local printing company. Typesetting is largely completed. All that is needed is the printing fee, and finance to launch the co-operative, so that its members can continue onto further projects.

In his lifetime, Edward Carpenter was a prominent literary and political radical, who wrote dozens of books, and lectured around the country, using his home at Millthorpe, near Chesterfield, as his base.

Though efforts have been made to remember Edward Carpenter, his writing has been largely forgotten. Even in Sheffield, for example, it is not possible to walk into a book shop and buy a copy of even Carpenter’s most famous work, but Walt Whitman’s "Leaves of Grass", the poem that inspired Carpenter to write "Towards Democracy" is on sale.

Millthorpe Press is a co-operative that will be largely led by its members, who will have a vote in further publications by the co-operative, as well as receiving a newsletter, and invitations to stand for its board. Ideas for future publications include Edward Carpenter: "My Days and Dreams"(1916); Carpenter’s autobiography; "Towards Democracy: The Complete Four Volume Edition" (1903); "Chants of Labour" (1888, a collection of songs and hymns, including "England Arise!"); Mary Hutton: "This Fair Isle" (a 1842 collection of political poems by a working class Sheffield woman and a rare example of a woman writing on Chartist themes); John Holland: "Sheffield Park" (1820 classic long form poem about Sheffield written by James Montgomery’s close friend).

So please invest, and help revive Carpenter’s legacy in Sheffield and across the world! The deadline is during December, more details at the link below.

Kickstarter

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