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

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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 0 (639 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Justin Spring Narrator: Sean Runnette Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 20th 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 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.

Justin Spring is a writer specializing in 20th-century American art and culture and is the author of many monographs, catalogs, museum publications, and books, including Fairfield Porter: A Life in Art and Paul Cadmus: The Male Nude.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Review by Skye | 2/6/2014

    " Entertaining for the first 200 pages or so but then a total slog. Interesting man but not 450 pages interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by John Parker | 2/1/2014

    " A clear eyed unemotional view of being homosexual in the mid century as protrayed throught the life of a truly unique but tortured individual "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Mark | 1/27/2014

    " I loved this book. The guy lived the life he wanted to independent of what anyone else thought in a time which was mostly marked by conformity. He put himself in some insane and dangerous situations and probably had a self-destructive streak, but you envy his total devotion to his appetites and passions. I was inspired by his bravery to be himself. Great book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Jerry | 1/15/2014

    " A truly great look into the sexual history of the 20th century. Yes, Steward was a conflicted man, but it seems that since he wasn't a luminary we get a more honest portrait of an uncommon "common" man who actually possessed great powers of insight and creativity. So glad I finally read this. "

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