A Reading with Justin Spring

Justin Spring is the author of The Secret Historian: The Life and Times of Samuel Steward, Professor, Tattoo Artist, and Sexual Renegade (Farrar, Straus, & Giroux, $30 hb, less 10% in the store).

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 Sparrow--but 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.

Here's the link to a remarkable recent review, with video, in the New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/26/books/26secret.html?_r=1


Event date: 

Thursday, September 16, 2010 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Event address: 

Giovanni's Room
345 South 12th Street
19107 Philadelphia
ISBN: 9780374281342
Availability: Special Order
Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - August 17th, 2010

By Sam Steward, Justin Spring (Editor)
ISBN: 9781593501563
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Published: Alyson Books - January 1st, 2010

ISBN: 9780918393968
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Published: Routledge - July 1991

ISBN: 9781593501570
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Published: Alyson Books - January 1st, 2010


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