Today In Gay History – July 23, 1909: Chicago Secret Gay Historian Samuel Steward (aka Phil Andros) Born

Will Kohler

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  1. sjhyland101 says:

    Great article and glad to see Sammy remembered. I discovered his porn writing in 1978 and became an enthusiastic reader of his. I find most porn pretty boring, but Sammy’s literary background made his books very readable.
    After my first exposure to his books, I then discovered his more mainstream literature, including his correspondence with Gertrude Stein (collected in “Love, Sammy”) and Alice B. Toklas. Last year, I found a copy of “Secret Historian,” which I love.

    Thanks for this remembrance of Steward. He was truly a pioneer and, in my opinion, a better writer than John Rechy.

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