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Justin Spring to Read at NYU’s Fales Library Feb 10th

January 10, 2011
N-186, 2011-12

A discussion with the author of Secret Historian: The Life and Times of Samuel Steward, Professor, Tattoo Artist, and Sexual Renegade

New York University’s Fales Library and Special Collections and the Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York (ART) invite you to a reading and discussion with Justin Spring, author of Secret Historian: The Life and Times of Samuel Steward, Professor, Tattoo Artist, and Sexual Renegade (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010) on Thursday, February 10th, 2011, 6:30 pm at Bobst Library, 70 Washington Square South, 3rd floor, NYC. (at LaGuardia Place). [Subways A,C,E, B,D,M to West 4th Street; 6 line to Astor Place; R train to 8th Street.]. 

The event is free and open to the public. RSVP to or call 212.992.7050. Reporters interested in attending must RSVP to Christopher James at (212) 998-6876 or e-mail A reception will follow in the Tracey/Barry Gallery.

About Secret Historian:  Samuel Steward—writer, professor, tattoo artist, and pornographer—lived one of the most fascinating and sensational secret lives of the twentieth century. After Justin Spring, an esteemed art historian and biographer, discovered an enormous trove of Steward’s papers, diaries, artwork, and personal effects in a San Francisco attic, he decided to spend nearly a decade piecing together a life so outrageous—and yet so thoroughly and painstakingly documented—that it almost defies belief. The result is this magnificent and groundbreaking biography, Secret Historian. Justin Spring has also organized the publication of the complementary art book, An Obscene Diary: The Visual World of Sam Steward.

Justin Spring is a writer specializing in twentieth-century American art and culture, and the author of many monographs, catalogs, museum publications, and books, including Fairfield Porter: A Life in Art and Paul Cadmus: The Male Nude.

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Press Contact: Christopher James | (212) 998-6876

Justin Spring to Read at NYU’s Fales Library Feb 10th

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