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What links Edward Carpenter, Keir Hardie and Vic Feather?

Posted by wcmlibrary on June 25, 2014

We have been lucky enough to be given some of the books from the collection of Vic Feather, a former general secretary of the Trades Union Congress, by his son, Sandy.  Among the collection is Towards Democracy – a collection of prose poetry by Edward Carpenter which includes a handwritten dedication to Joseph Whittaker and which was sent to Whittaker by Carpenter himself.  Accompanying the book is a letter from Carpenter thanking Whittaker for a copy of his book of poems In Divers Tones and commiserating with him regarding his poor health.

ImageBy a happy coincidence the library also has a copy of In Divers Tones.

The donation also included a postcard also sent to Joseph Whittaker, this time by Keir Hardie, thanking him for a copy of another of his books of poems – Far Off Fields, but unfortunately the library does not (yet) have a copy.

ImageThe donation also included a number of other books dedicated to Vic Feather by such labour movement figures as Will Lawther, Walter Citrine and Jack Jones.  Others include inscriptions from the authors thanking Vic for his help in the production of the book.

Many thanks to Sandy Feather for giving us these fascinating items.


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