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"Imre: A Memorandum" by Edward Irenaeus Prime-Stevenson

Pierre Turcotte Editor is pleased to announce the publication, in his collection LGBTQ+ Library, of the novel Joseph and Imre: A Memorandum by Edward Irenaeus Prime Stevenson, American writer of the turning of the 20th century.


Under the pseudonym Xavier Mayne, the journalist and world traveler Edward Irenaeus Prime-Stevenson self-published the novel Imre: A Memorandum in 1906. Based on the axiom “The Friendship which is Love – the Love which is Friendship”, the author develops a special relationship between a young hungarian officer and an intellectual and sensitive middle-aged man. After many doubts, equivocal exchanges and dodged expectations, attraction will end up becoming stronger than prudence and the force of social pressures. A friendship dissected down to its limits leads to a declaration of love in this regulated military society and the social context of the Belle Époque. A fascinating novel written by an author who is a pioneer of fundamental rights for homosexuals.


Edward Irenaeus Prime-Stevenson was an American writer born on July 23, 1868 in Madison, New Jersey. His father, Paul E. Stevenson, was a Presbyterian minister and a school principal, and 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. He moved to Europe in 1901, living in Florence and Lausanne, where he died of a heart attack on July 23, 1942. In 1896, he 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.


The digital book in EPUB format is available in our store:

PRIME-STEVENSON, Edward Irenaeus. Imre: A Memorandum. Montreal : Pierre Turcotte Editor, LGBTQ+ Library, 2024, 123 p.


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