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Book launch for The Lost Autobiography of Samuel Steward

We are absolutely thrilled to welcome Jeremy Mulderig, editor of Philip Sparrow Tells All: Lost Essays by Samuel Steward, Writer, Professor, Tattoo Artist, to discuss The Lost Autobiography of Samuel Steward, which Mulderig also edited. Join us for what is certain to be a fascinating talk!

About the book:

On August 21, 1978, a year before his seventieth birthday, Samuel Steward (1909–93) sat down at his typewriter in Berkeley, California, and began to compose a remarkable autobiography. No one but his closest friends knew the many different identities he had performed during his life: as Samuel Steward, he had been a popular university professor of English; as Phil Sparrow, an accomplished tattoo artist; as Ward Stames, John McAndrews, and Donald Bishop, a prolific essayist in the first European gay magazines; as Phil Andros, the author of a series of popular pornographic gay novels during the 1960s and 1970s. Steward had also moved in the circles of Gertrude Stein, Thornton Wilder, and Alfred Kinsey, among many other notable figures of the twentieth century. And, as a compulsive record keeper, he had maintained a meticulous card-file index throughout his life that documented his 4,500 sexual encounters with more than 800 men.

The story of this life would undoubtedly have been a sensation if it had reached publication. But after finishing a 110,000-word draft in 1979, Steward lost interest in the project and subsequently published only a slim volume of selections from his manuscript.

About the editor:

Jeremy Mulderig is an emeritus professor in the Department of English at DePaul University in Chicago.

The Lost Autobiography of Samuel Steward: Recollections of an Extraordinary Twentieth-Century Gay Life Cover Image
By Samuel Steward, Jeremy Mulderig (Editor), Scott Herring (Foreword by)
$30.00
ISBN: 9780226541419
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: University of Chicago Press - March 22nd, 2018

Philip Sparrow Tells All: Lost Essays by Samuel Steward, Writer, Professor, Tattoo Artist Cover Image
By Samuel Steward, Jeremy Mulderig (Editor), Justin Spring (Foreword by)
$20.00
ISBN: 9780226304687
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: University of Chicago Press - December 14th, 2015

Secret Historian: The Life and Times of Samuel Steward, Professor, Tattoo Artist, and Sexual Renegade Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780374533021
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - July 19th, 2011

Event date: 

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Event address: 

Unabridged Books, Inc.
Chicago, IL 60657
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