Edward Carpenter (1844-1929)

Death: 28th June 1929
Location: Mount Cemetery, Guildford, Surrey, England
Cause of death: Stroke
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English socialist poet, socialist philosopher and early gay activist. A leading figure in late 19th- and early 20th-century Britain, he was instrumental in the foundation of the Fabian Society and the Labour Party. A poet and writer, he was a close friend of Walt Whitman and Rabindranath Tagore, corresponding with many famous figures such as Jack London, William Morris, John Ruskin, and Olive Schreiner. 
As a philosopher he is particularly known for his publication of Civilisation, Its Cause and Cure in which he proposes that civilisation is a form of disease that human societies pass through. 
An early advocate of sexual freedoms, he had a profound influence on D. H. Lawrence and inspired E. M. Forster's novel Maurice.