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Finding aid of the Lyal H. Stevens Erotic Writings
Coll2006-009  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Processing Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms
  • Index of Pseudonyms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Lyal H. Stevens erotic writings
    Dates: 1972-1979
    Collection number: Coll2006-009
    Creator: Stevens, Lyal H., 1927-1995
    Collection Size: 5 achive boxes. 2.1 ft.
    Repository: ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives.
    Los Angeles, California 90007
    Abstract: Carbon copy typescripts of 29 gay erotic novels (and a work copy of one additional novel) and three gay erotic short stories written by Lyal H. Stevens between 1972 and 1979 using a variety of pseudonyms, including Peter Pepper, Sebastian Lamb, Llewellyn Hollingsworthy, E. Rex Dix, and Lon Savage.
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

    Access

    The collection is open to researchers. There are no access restrictions.

    Publication Rights

    Researchers wishing to publish materials must obtain permission in writing from ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives as the physical owner. Researchers must also obtain clearance from the holder(s) of any copyrights in the materials. Note that ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives can grant copyright clearance only for those materials for which we hold the copyright. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain copyright clearance for all other materials directly from the copyright holder(s).

    Preferred Citation

    Box #, folder #, Lyal H. Stevens Erotic Writings, Coll2006-009, ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, California.

    Acquisition Information

    Date of acquisition unknown.

    Processing Information

    Formerly housed in boxes 102-14, 102-16, and 103-8. Collection processed by Michael Palmer, December 18, 2006; latest revision, July 16, 2007
    Processing this collection has been funded by a generous grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

    Biography

    Lyal H. Stevens was born on July 29, 1927, probably in New Jersey, where his Social Security card was issued. Few biographical details on Stevens are available. By 1970, he had moved to Los Angeles, and had begun writing gay erotic fiction. His first published novel, Coq Le Grand , was published by Greenleaf Classics in 1970, and in the following year he sold seven other manuscripts to several publishers of erotica. Although Stevens may have worked at the Mirish Corp. (the draft of one of his novels is typed partly on the letterhead of that company's publicity director) his erotic fiction appears to have been his chief source of income, and he wrote under a number of pseudonyms, including Peter Pepper, Sebastian Lamb, Llewellyn Hollingsworthy, E. Rex Dix, and Lon Savage. He died in Los Angeles on April 15, 1995.
    Source:
    Draft correspondence from 1970-1971 later reused to type the draft of [Brown Bodies] Naked in the Sun / Brown Bodies (Swede Lips) (box 1, folder 2).

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The collection consists of carbon copy typescripts of 29 gay erotic novels (and a work copy of one additional novel) and three gay erotic short stories written by Lyal H. Stevens between 1972 and 1979 using a variety of pseudonyms, the most common of which are Peter Pepper, Sebastian Lamb, Llewellyn Hollingsworthy, E. Rex Dix, and Lon Savage. Most of the texts are accompanied by several title pages, each with a different title and author, suggesting that Stevens submitted the same text to different publishing houses. Each novel and short story was originally sealed in a cardboard container or envelope, with the title and a date printed on the outside.

    Arrangement

    The materials are arranged in date order, with authors' names given in parentheses, and alternate titles and pseudonyms separated by "/" slashes.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Stevens, Lyal H., 1927-1995.
    Gay erotic literature.

    Index of Pseudonyms

    Bates, William Astor
    Brown, Pierce
    Dix, E. Rex
    Eaton, Peter
    Garrison, Grady
    Hardwick, Stoney
    Hoffman, Jake
    Hollingsworthy, Llewellyn
    Hunter, Peter
    Kirby, Adam
    Lamb, Sebastian
    McCandless, Chance
    Pepper, Peter
    Robbins, T. H.
    Sanderson, Loren
    Savage, Lon
    Sawyer, Leo
    Sellwynn, Llewellyn
    Toomey, "Socket"