The Lost Autobiography of Samuel Steward: A Selected Bibliography

April 16th, 2018

In The Lost Autobiography of Samuel Steward, Jeremy Mulderig has integrated Steward’s truncated published text with the text of the original manuscript to create the first extended version of Steward’s autobiography to appear in print—the first sensational, fascinating, and ultimately enlightening story of his many lives told in his own words. The product of a rigorous line-by-line comparison of these two sources and a thoughtful editing of their contents, Mulderig’s thoroughly annotated text is more complete and coherent than either source alone while also remaining faithful to Steward’s style and voice, to his engaging self-deprecation and his droll sense of humor. Compellingly readable and often unexpectedly funny, this newly discovered story of a gay life full of wildly improbable—but nonetheless true—events is destined to become a landmark queer autobiography from the twentieth century. Jeremy Mulderig will discuss The Lost Autobiography of Samuel Steward on Monday, April 23 at 6pm at the Co-op.

Secret Historian: The Life and Times of Samuel Steward, Professor, Tattoo Artist, and Sexual Renegade, by Justin Spring - The landmark biography that recovered the strange story of Steward's life.

Philip Sparrow Tells All: Lost Essays by Samuel Steward, Writer, Professor, Tattoo Artist, edited by Jeremy Mulderig - The first republication of Steward's wide-ranging, fascinating, but forgotten essays written in the 1940s for publication in the Illinois Dental Journal.

Dear Sammy: Letters from Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, edited by Samuel M. Steward - Notable for Steward's 115-page memoir of his summers spent with Stein and Toklas in 1937 and 1939; out of print but readily available.

Chapters from an Autobiography, by Samuel M. Steward - Steward's radical abridgment of his unpublished autobiography; out of print and difficult to find.

Samuel Steward and the Pursuit of the Erotic, edited by Debra A. Moddelmog and Martin Joseph Ponce - Recent collection of critical essays on Steward's life and work.

About Jeremy Mulderig: Jeremy Mulderig is an emeritus professor of English at DePaul University and the editor of Philip Sparrow Tells All: Lost Essays by Samuel Steward, Writer, Professor, Tattoo Artist, also published by the University of Chicago Press (2015).

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