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Secret Historian: The Life And Times Of Samuel Steward, Professor, Tattoo Artist, And Sexual Renegade (2010)

by Justin Spring(Favorite Author)
4 of 5 Votes: 5
0374281343 (ISBN13: 9780374281342)
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
review 1: Although at 400 pages, perhaps a little overlong and overly notated, this biography is nonetheless a well-told account of a gay man who lived a uniquely interesting life that took him from the Paris salons of Gertrude Stein to Midwest Catholic colleges to skid row tattoo parlors of Chicago and an Oakland ruled by the Hell’s Angels and Black Panthers. If you’re looking to learn about real life of a regular 20th century gay man with a fascinating bent to document his life with startling detail, this is a book well worth buying.
review 2: I feel like I need to clarify my 3 star review of this book a little bit... I thought it was a great read, and some (well,actually most)of the biographical information about Samuel Steward is fascinating. It's a very interest
... moreing and comprehensive biography, but I felt that the writing was... well... a little dry. Nonetheless, I would certainly recommend it, especially if you are interested in learning more about Gertrude Stein and Alice Toklas, the history of American tattooing, the Kinsey Institute, and/or the early 20th century gay experience. less
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Interesting man, Steward, as for the book...I found it uneven. Still, worth the read.
Really interesting book about a fairly fascinating person.
I absolutely loved this book
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