Mr. Benson

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Cleis Press, 2004 - Fiction - 219 pages
3 Reviews
Mr. Benson is the compelling story of a young manís quest for the perfect master. In a West Village leather bar, he finds wealthy, sophisticated, exacting Aristotle Benson, who leads him down the path of erotic enlightenment, teaching him to accept cruelty as love, anguish as affection, and ultimately, Mr. Benson as his master.

If John Preston, the masterly, handsome author of more than 30 books, was himself a gay icon, his character Mr. Benson defined the culture of gay sex for an entire generation. When Mr. Benson appeared in the pre-AIDS early 1980s, its unabashed celebration of male sexuality made it a cult favorite among gay men, many of whom wore T-shirts declaring that they were "looking for Mr. Benson." The novel's fresh voice and insights into identity, desire, power, and love influenced a generation of writers and editors, including Anne Rice, Samuel Delany, Michael Lowenthal, Laura Antoniou, Joan Nestle, Michael Rowe, and Cecilia Tan. Mr. Benson was Preston's first novel and was followed by many more books from the proud, self-styled "pornographer."

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Review: Mr. Benson: A Novel

User Review  - James Cox - Goodreads

A deeper look into the kinky side. I enjoyed it. Read full review

Review: Mr. Benson: A Novel

User Review  - Andrť - Goodreads

A fun, delightfully dated look at the queer leather scene of the 70s, concentrating on the BDSM world of a novice slave and his new, very experienced, master. Ultimately a love story between the two ... Read full review

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About the author (2004)

Preston is one of the gay community's most articulate and beloved advocates, published more than forty books before his death in 1994.

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