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

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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 By Justin Spring Secret Historian The Life and Times of Samuel Steward Professor Tattoo Artist and Sexual Renegade Drawn from the secret never before seen diaries journals and sexual records of the novelist poet and university professor Samuel M Steward The Secret Historian is a sensational reconstruction of

  • Title: Secret Historian: The Life and Times of Samuel Steward, Professor, Tattoo Artist, and Sexual Renegade
  • Author: Justin Spring
  • ISBN: 9780374281342
  • Page: 495
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Secret Historian: The Life and Times of Samuel Steward, Professor, Tattoo Artist, and Sexual Renegade By Justin Spring Drawn from the secret, never before seen diaries, journals, and sexual records of the novelist, poet, and university professor Samuel M Steward, The Secret Historian is a sensational reconstruction of one of the extraordinary hidden lives of the twentieth century An intimate friend of Gertrude Stein, Alice B Toklas, and Thornton Wilder, Steward maintained a secretDrawn from the secret, never before seen diaries, journals, and sexual records of the novelist, poet, and university professor Samuel M Steward, The Secret Historian is a sensational reconstruction of one of the 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 1983, 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, The Secret Historian is a moving portrait of homosexual life long before Stonewall and gay liberation.
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    1. Charles Dee Mitchell on said:

      In 1926, when he was 17 years old, Samuel Steward learned that Rudolph Valentino was checked into a downtown Columbus, Ohio, hotel under his real name, Rudolph Guglielmi Already an avid autograph hound, Steward went to Valentino s hotel room, knocked on the door, got the autograph, gave the silent film star a blow job, and took home a snippet of his pubic hair He kept the hair all his life in a monstrance bought at an antique store That object now resides in a private collection in Rome.Not many [...]

    2. Korri on said:

      Last night, as I was thinking about my own career trajectory or lack thereof , I read this line whatever his previous failures as a literary novelist and man of letters, he might yet establish himself as a brilliant writer of homosexual smut and giggled to myself as I thought, That s what I want to do when I grow up Samuel Steward was a fascinating man It boggles the mind that his life could have stayed an obscure footnote in the biographies of Gertrude Stein and Alice B Tolkas or appear only in [...]

    3. Tim on said:

      Interesting for its historical perspective on the life of a gay man in America from the 1920s through the 1980s Steward spent 20 years as a professor at Loyola, then De Paul, universities He left academia in his late forties to pursue a second career as a tattoo artist Steward was a compulsive record keeper and diarist His first hand accounts of same sex interactions in the markedly diverse socio economic worlds in which he moved, all of which were pre Stonewall, were intriguing to read Beyond t [...]

    4. Matt on said:

      Extraordinary Indispensable Steward crossed paths with an enviable and astonishing array of literary celebrity, participated in a nearly unbelievable number of sexual encounters, and lived fascinating careers in academia, tattoodling, and writing I am thankful to Justin Spring for saving this man s life from obscurity Born in 1909 and dead just a day shy of 1994, the evidence from his letters and writings paints a portrait that dispels the perceived victimology of gay men during this period Clea [...]

    5. Grady on said:

      An Exceptional Book on Many Levels,Reading SECRET HISTORIAN THE LIFE AND TIMES OF SAMUEL STEWARD, PROFESSOR, TATTOO ARTISTS, AND SEXUAL RENEGADE it is difficult to decide which is the important learning about a rather phenomenal man Samuel Steward whose life to date has been a well guarded secret, or discovering one of the finest biographers writing today Justin Spring Spring is a seasoned biographer whose publications include Paul Cadmus The Male Nude , Fairfield Porter A Life in Art , The Ess [...]

    6. Robert Vaughan on said:

      One of the most colorful lives that has been reconstructed diligently by biographer Justin Spring Sam Steward lived a marginal life, and yet, like Zelig, was able to morph among the various personas he continued to re create throughout his long life Also equally intriguing was his note taking and record keeping, which in an era like the 1950 s, as a gay man inscribing a Stud File about his sexual exploits, well Just read this fascinating biography.

    7. Joey Manley on said:

      Sam Steward, the subject of this biography, had sex with a lot of people, and documented every encounter on 3x5 index cards The running count comes to a little under 1000 Some of those people were famous, like the masterful Rudolph Valentino whose pubic hair Steward saved and incorporated into a mantelpiece trophy he made for himself , the odious Lord Alfred Douglas Steward wanted his mouth to go where Oscar s had gone, only to learn later that Bosie and Wilde had only mostly given each other ha [...]

    8. Dana on said:

      I don t generally read biographies, so I have nothing to compare this to, but it seemed a little too much like a re telling of all Steward s sexual exploits without enough historical context or details about his life outside of his sexual encounters I do realize that was the most significant thing in his life, but it wasn t the only thing I would ve liked to know about his teaching, for one, or his friendship with Emmy, which spanned decades but was only mentioned in passing.

    9. Alan on said:

      Drawn from the diaries, journals, letters and sexual records of the novelist, poet, and university professor Samuel M Steward, this biography is a reconstruction of one of the most bizarre lives in modern gay culture An introvert English professor by day, sexual renegade by night, Steward was an intimate friend of Gertrude Stein, Alice B Toklas, and Thornton Wilder He also claims to have had sexual relations with a number of famous, or soon to be famous, men, including Rudolph Valentino and Rock [...]

    10. Tex Reader on said:

      3.0 of 5 stars Detailed, Sad Study of One Homosexual s Life.I am a fan of the gay history and experience, and for that this is a laudable record by Justin Spring of Sam Steward s life aka Phil Sparrow tattoo artist, Phil Andros porn author , just as Steward s own writings were a unique and valuable documentation of his sex life and fantasies.Spring s work is well researched While covering now familiar ground about the gay experience in the early to mid 1900 s, this account of one homosexual s li [...]

    11. Rick on said:

      A look at someone who truly lived life according to his own terms times when it was very difficult to do so Moving, arousing, astonishing, and unputdownable, this book chronicles one of the 20th century s most fascinating lives.

    12. JOSEPH OLIVER on said:

      I stumbled across a reference to this book on a blog and decided to give it a shot Having an interest in unrecorded or unknown history I thought it would be interesting despite the fact that I had never heard of the man even casually nor had any interest in those obsessions that filled his life I was interested in the fact that he was a man with a brain who decided to live out his fantasy life even if it did mean he had to take the disdain of those around him outside his immediate circle.The boo [...]

    13. Patrick Santana on said:

      There s a lot of fascinating material here in Spring s thorough examination of Sam Steward s life Steward kept copious notes, journals, and photographs of his sexual adventures dating all the way back to the 1930s Errol Flynn among them Not only does the book give you a glimpse into this almost lost world of gay life in the dark period of the 1930 1950s, but you also get this secondary layer of all the intersections of gay literati took place Steward was friends with Getrude Stein, Alice Toklas, [...]

    14. Karen Taylor on said:

      Wow, what an amazing life, and an essential for folks interested in LGBT or leather history Justin Spring does a great job of letting Samuel Steward speak for himself through his letters and writings I m glad he does Steward is a brilliant writer witty, imaginative, erudite and far reaching in his interests and his network of friends HIs dedication to sex and sex recording is fascinating and provided Dr Kinsey with a wealth of information that continues to have an impact on our culture today Mos [...]

    15. Aleix on said:

      This book is meticulously researched and documented, and the writing itself is great but about a third of the way through it I began to ask myself why The title and summary lead you to believe it is about a man with ideas ahead of his time who is involved with some of the 20th Century s most notable artists and transgressors Kinsey, Gertrude Stein, Cocteau and that s not exactly true While there are parts of the book that are about his involvement with these people,especially Stein, Toklas, and [...]

    16. Courtenay on said:

      While this may be too salacious for some, it s really an interesting read about a fascinating life I particularly enjoyed the interweaving of all of the significant literary characters of the day, Gertrude Stein, Thornton Wilder, Oscar Wilde, et al, and it brought me back to my college studies Also mentioned numerous times was my favorite subject I wrote about in college Sylvia Beach and her famous Parisian bookshop, Shakespeare and Co frequented by all of these expats This time period has been [...]

    17. Carmen on said:

      Sam Steward is a fascinating guy He s like Zelig always miraculously involved with interesting people from Gertrude Stein to Alfred Kinsey to Sonny Barger By the way, Sam Steward is most definitely a real person, even if you never heard of him before Unlike any other pre Stonewall personality I know, Steward s life really opened up previously undescribed worlds of homosexual communities, of tattooing, of pornography all which he scholarly documented and detailed articulately The reason I gave th [...]

    18. Laurel on said:

      About a third of the way through this 400 page biography I was wondering why it was voted by both Slate and the NYTimes as being one of the best non fiction works of 2011 I was bored But on reflection, and through the final third I got it This is a meticulously crafted look at an extraordinary man, who history had seemed to forgotten His story is both affirming and tragic A definite must for those interested in the hidden life history of the educated gay male , beginning in the early 1900s From [...]

    19. Tosh on said:

      A remarkable world that Samuel Steward lived in A collage professor turned tattoo artist who also happened to be a great sex adventurer Justin Spring really captures the underground world of Gay sexuality and life in the 20th Century But for that we have to be thankful for Steward s zeal for keeping track on all his sexual adventures Steward built up an erotic museum of sorts and this gentleman of pleasure is a wonderful figure in Gay social history Essential read for anyone who is interested in [...]

    20. Sarah on said:

      ate my long and thoughtful review so suffice to say i love this book and was immersed for over a weekis guy was amazing He was a friend and confidant to Gertrude Stein and Alice Toklas, a beloved English professor, a talented and successful tattooist mentored Ed Hardy, tattooed Kenneth Anger and bobby Beausoleil, was the tatttooist for the Oakland Hells Angels , worked with Albert Kinsey and contributed to his research on homosexual sex and lifestyles, and was a novelistd kept meticulous records [...]

    21. Donald on said:

      I did not know who Sam Steward was, but I was familiar with his nom de plume, Phil Andros Having just previously finished the biography of E.M Forster 1879 1970 , I found it quite interesting to find that Steward 1909 1993 had encountered some of the same people as Forster most notably Alfred Kinsey and George Platt Lynes They both lived through the repression and backlash that faced gays in the forties and fifties, but were still alive post Stonewall It is also striking how similar today s anti [...]

    22. Ray on said:

      Thoroughly researched non fiction about a pre Stonewall queer Pretty amazing insight into a time and a way of being gay that was absolutely trailblazing I also liked the author s construction of 20th century gay life as not simply being pre or post stonewall, but also pre or post Kinsey or pre or post McCarthy or related to the world wars.Very sad too Samuel Steward did not lead a very happy life.

    23. Jeffrey Powanda on said:

      Fascinating, meticulously documented biography of Samuel Steward, a gay writer and a scholar, who obsessively recorded his sex life for decades during much of the 20th century , as well as produced numerous journals, diaries, letters, essays, photographs, paintings, drawings, and tattoo sketches throughout his strange, varied life.Steward was many things poet, novelist, university professor, Kinsey sex researcher, tattoo artist, and pornographer He was competent in all of these things, excellent [...]

    24. Michael on said:

      If you read and liked Full Service My Adventures in Hollywood and the Secret Sex Lives of the Stars by Scotty Bowers, then Secret Historian is of an academic version of one man s sexual escapades and partners during the 1940s 1960s by giving details including footnotes and explanations regarding words, dates, locations and .Samuel Steward is compared to Alfred Kindsey in the way he methodologically chronicled the sexual s of America during that time, yet didn t get the recognition until recentl [...]

    25. Barrett on said:

      After hearing about his second or third relationship with a sixteen year old boy I just could not take it any and stopped reading this one There s no excusing Steward s behavior because of the time period He outright admitted that he got off sexually on the wrongness of his encounters Do we gain a view into gay life of a different era because he documented so much Yes Should we honor him No I m disgusted Spring didn t do to call out what a piece of garbage Steward evolved into It wasn t just th [...]

    26. Leopold Benedict on said:

      Too detailed and long, couldn t keep up my interest The 22 year old Steward said that people with deviant sexualities have to choose between a productive career and their sexuality You can only combine both if your sexuality aligns with societal expectations Steward chose the latter making his life pleasant to live but less worthy of remembering I guess I still believe in the ancient hero code.

    27. Edwinnaarden on said:

      An interesting book and it shows how quickly things can change It is quite amazing to read how much has changed in the last 100 years It placed me in the time period and I wonder what my life would ve been like had I lived then In spite of a lot of the bad things in the world at the moment I think I d prefer to stay whereand as I am.

    28. Mejix on said:

      A fascinating individual who led a radical life At times an impressive, at times a sad account I wish there had been insight and context.

    29. Gerry Burnie on said:

      Gerry B s Book Reviews gerrycan.wordpress It s difficult to know what to say about Secret Historian by Justin Spring Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, 2010 It is the type of story that overwhelms while you re reading it, and stays with you long after you set it down Moreover, while I liked and admired Justin Spring s writing, and the nostalgic look at the twentieth century, I disliked the principal character, Samuel Steward, as being disturbingly egocentric and self serving.Having said that, I will st [...]

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