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Lifetime: 1858 - 1942 Passed: ≈ 81 years ago




United States

Edward Irenaeus Prime-Stevenson

Edward Irenaeus Prime-Stevenson was an American author. He used the pseudonym Xavier Mayne.

Edward Prime Stevenson was born in Madison, New Jersey. His father, Paul E. Stevenson, was a Presbyterian minister and a school principal; his mother, Cornelia, came from the Prime family of distinguished literary and academic figures.

After studying law, Stevenson decided to become a writer and a journalist. In 1901 he moved to Europe, living in Florence and Lausanne, where he died of a heart attack in 1942.

In 1896 Stevenson published The Square of Sevens, and the Parallelogram: An Authoritative Method of Cartomancy with a Prefatory Note by Robert Antrobus that was supposedly written in 1735. However, it is believed that he was the author.

In 1906, under the pseudonym Xavier Mayne, Stevenson published the homosexually themed novel Imre: A Memorandum, and in 1908 a sexology study, The Intersexes, a defense of homosexuality from a scientific, legal, historical, and personal perspective.

Books by Edward Irenaeus Prime-Stevenson

Left to Themselves Cover image

Left to Themselves

Adventure Novel
New York Action Friendship Island Development Fun

Said to be the first-ever gay youth novel, this 1891 story follows the adventures of 12-year-old Gerald Saxton embarking on a trip from New York, to meet his father in Nova Scotia. He is chaperoned by 17-year-old Philip Touchtone. During the trip, th...

White Cockades: An Incident of the "Forty-Five" Cover image

White Cockades: An Incident of the "Forty-Five"

Adventure Action Fiction
Homosexuality Prison Romance Modern Historical Memory

In the aftermath of the 1745 Jacobite uprising, the young Andrew Boyd meets a fugitive from the redcoats, a man whom Andrew soon grows to admire. Andrew and his father take the man in, but then the redcoats arrive to search the house... Besides being...