Secret Historian

Author: Justin Spring

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 9781429932943

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 496

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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 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 1993, 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, Secret Historian is a moving portrait of homosexual life long before Stonewall and gay liberation. Secret Historian is a 2010 National Book Award Finalist for Nonfiction.

The Oxford Handbook of the Eighteenth-Century Novel

Author: J. A. J. Downie

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199566747

Category: History

Page: 625

View: 2976


The Oxford Handbook of the Eighteenth Century Novel is the first published book to cover the 'eighteenth-century English novel' in its entirety. It is an indispensible resource for those with an interest in the history of the novel.

The Politics of Disclosure, 1674-1725

Author: Rebecca Bullard

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317314131

Category: History

Page: 281

View: 1432


This is a study of the 'secret history', a polemical form of historiography which flourished in England during the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries.

The Secret History in Literature, 1660–1820

Author: Rebecca Bullard,Rachel Carnell

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1108210996

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: N.A

View: 5191


Secret history, with its claim to expose secrets of state and the sexual intrigues of monarchs and ministers, alarmed and thrilled readers across Europe and America from the mid-seventeenth to the mid-nineteenth century. Scholars have recognised for some time the important position that the genre occupies within the literary and political culture of the Enlightenment. Of interest to students of British, French and American literature, as well as political and intellectual history, this new volume of essays demonstrates for the first time the extent of secret history's interaction with different literary traditions, including epic poetry, Restoration drama, periodicals, and slave narratives. It reveals secret history's impact on authors, readers, and the book trade in England, France, and America throughout the long eighteenth century. In doing so, it offers a case study for approaching questions of genre at moments when political and cultural shifts put strain on traditional generic categories.

Aging Moderns

Author: Scott Herring

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231556004

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 213

View: 7123


What happens when the avant-garde grows old? Examining a group of writers and artists who continued the modernist experiment into later life, Scott Herring reveals how their radical artistic principles set out a new path for creative aging. Aging Moderns provides portraits of writers and artists who sought out or employed unconventional methods and collaborations up until the early twenty-first century. Herring finds Djuna Barnes performing the principles of high modernism not only in poetry but also in pharmacy orders and grocery lists. In mystery novels featuring Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas along with modernist souvenir collections, the gay writer Samuel Steward elaborated a queer theory of aging and challenged gay male ageism. The Harlem Renaissance dancer Mabel Hampton dispelled stereotypes about aging through her queer of color performances at the Lesbian Herstory Archives. Herring explores Ivan Albright’s magic realist portraits of elders, Tillie Olsen’s writings on the aging female worker, and the surrealistic works made by Charles Henri Ford and his caregiver Indra Bahadur Tamang at the Dakota apartment building in New York City. Showcasing previously unpublished experimental art and writing, this deeply interdisciplinary book unites new modernist studies, American studies, disability studies, and critical age studies. Aging Moderns rethinks assumptions about literary creativity, the depiction of old age, and the boundaries of modernism.

The Letters in the Story

Author: Eve Tavor Bannet

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 131651885X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 295

View: 5237


First study of a long tradition of mixed-mode writing, largely favored by British women novelists, that combined fully-transcribed letters with third-person narrative.

The Historical Novel in Europe, 1650-1950

Author: Richard Maxwell

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107404460

Category: History

Page: 333

View: 6922


This book examines how the French invention and the Scottish re-invention of historical fiction prepared the genre's popularity during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Mysterious Tribulation

Author: Flora Padilla

Publisher: Lulu Press, Inc

ISBN: 1387576771

Category: Fiction

Page: 993

View: 5423


The mysterious recovery, the dawn of the gods, must be a good thing? Accompanied by the recovery of spiritual energy, there is also... the terror of no solution! A strange surname, a soul that travels between two worlds, a mysterious epic...