Secret Historian: The Life and Times of Samuel Steward, Professor, Tattoo Artist, and Sexual Renegade


Secret Historian: The Life and Times of Samuel Steward, Professor, Tattoo Artist, and Sexual Renegade Author Justin Spring
ISBN-10 0374533024
ISBN-13 9780374533021
Year 2011-07-19
Pages 512
Language English
Publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Download Link Click Here


Drawn from the secret never before seen diaries journals and sexual records of the novelist poet and university professor Samuel M Steward Secret Historian is a sensational 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 and documented these experiences in brilliantly vivid and often very funny detail After leaving the world of academe to become Phil Sparrow a tattoo artist on Chicago s notorious South State Street Steward worked closely with Alfred Kinsey on his landmark sex research During the early 1960s Steward changed his name and identity once again this time to write exceptionally literate upbeat pro homosexual pornography under the name of Phil Andros Until today he has been known only as Phil Sparrowbut an extraordinary archive of his papers lost since his death in 1993 has provided Justin Spring with the material for an exceptionally compassionate and brilliantly illuminating life and times biography More than merely the story of one remarkable man Secret Historian is a moving portrait of homosexual life long before Stonewall and gay liberation Secret Historian is a 2010 National Book Award Finalist for Nonfiction

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *