Joseph Edwards Carpenter was an English playwright, composer and songwriter.
In 1851 Carpenter moved from Leamington to London. He wrote various touring musical entertainments such as The Road, the Rail and the River and aVocal, Pictorial, and Descriptive Illustration of Uncle Tom's Cabin. A two-act musical drama The Sanctuary and his three-act drama Love and Honour appeared in 1854, and a three-act drama Adam Bede in 1862.
He wrote lyrics for over 2500 songs and duets, publishing them in Ainsworth's Magazine and other magazines, and partnering with various composers including Henry Bishop, Stephen Glover, and James Ernest Perring.
From 1865 to 1867 Carpenter edited 10 volumes of Penny Readings in prose and verse.
He is buried at Highgate Cemetery.