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Secret historian : the life and times of Samuel Steward, professor, tattoo artist, and sexual renegade

Author: Justin Spring
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Drawn from the secret diaries and journals of novelist, poet, and university professor Samuel M. Steward, this is a reconstruction of one of the more extraordinary hidden lives of the twentieth century. An intimate friend of Gertrude Stein, Alice B. Toklas, and Thornton Wilder, Steward maintained a secret sex life from childhood on, documenting his experiences in vivid (and often very funny) detail. After leaving  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Spring, Justin, 1962-
Secret historian.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010
(OCoLC)776986885
Named Person: Samuel M Steward; Samuel M Steward
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Justin Spring
ISBN: 9780374281342 0374281343
OCLC Number: 459210127
Description: xv, 478 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Responsibility: Justin Spring.
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Drawn from the secret diaries and journals of novelist, poet, and university professor Samuel M. Steward, this is a reconstruction of one of the more extraordinary hidden lives of the twentieth century. An intimate friend of Gertrude Stein, Alice B. Toklas, and Thornton Wilder, Steward maintained a secret sex life from childhood on, documenting his experiences in vivid (and often very funny) detail. After leaving academe to become tattoo artist Phil Sparrow, Steward worked closely with Alfred Kinsey on his landmark sex research. During the early 1960s, Steward changed his identity once again, this time to write exceptionally literate, upbeat homosexual pornography as Phil Andros. An archive of his papers, lost since his death in 1993, has provided biographer Justin Spring with the material for an illuminating life-and-times biography. More than merely the story of one remarkable man, this is a moving portrait of gay life long before gay liberation.--From publisher description.

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