Samuel Steward lived many lives, all in pursuit of joyous hedonism
The Life and Times of Samuel Steward, Professor, Tattoo Artist, and Sexual Renegade
by Justin Spring
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
$32.50 List Price
On July 24, 1926, Samuel Steward, one day past his seventeenth birthday, got word that Rudolph Valentino had just checked in to the best hotel in Columbus, Ohio. Grabbing his autograph book, he made his way to the hotel and knocked on Valentino's door. The actor appeared, wearing only a towel, and after signing his autograph asked whether there was anything else the boy wanted. "Yes," said Steward, "I'd like to have you.