Tales from the Closet

A New Book Celebrates Another Sexual Outlaw & Kinsey Collaborator

On July 25, 2010, New York Times book reviewer Patricia Cohen announced an electrifying book soon to be released: Secret Historian: The Life and Times of Samuel Steward, Professor, Tattoo Artist and Sexual Renegade. This biography by Justin Spring contains the long-hidden tales of Steward, a "Sexual Outlaw on the Gay Frontier," as Cohen titled her review. Such a revelation of the "secret history" of "gay life in the middle decades of the 20th century," as she describes Spring's book, has, not surprisingly, excited the liberal and homosexualist press.

This is not a fringe book. Not only is the publisher mainstream (Farrar, Straus and...

 
This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #16, Spring 2011 Copyright © 2020 Salvo | www.salvomag.com https://salvomag.com/article/salvo16/tales-from-the-closet

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