Mr. Benson

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Cleis Press, 2004 - Fiction - 219 pages
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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

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When I think of SM, I tend to think about Patrick Califia and his work, Hard Men, because it was his writing, fictions and theories on SM and all, that had changed my views on SM and allowed me to ... Read full review

Review: Mr. Benson: A Novel

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Mr Benson - I have always avoided books set in the 70's and 80's. I feel that era was just too unsettled for me to enjoy. I thought it was interesting but it was way too heavy for me but oddly enough I'm glad I read it. Read full review

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Classics of Leather Literature: Fiction Top Ten - By Gary Switch ...
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Topman | Topman's Timeline: A Documentary Biography of John Preston
I may not have been Mr. Benson, but I knew where he hung out, I shared some of ... 1978: Preston's Mr. Benson undergoes a makeover before it is published. ... preston/ timeline/ index.htm

Reflection's Edge
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Drummer Magazine @ Gay Erotic Archives
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newwitch Magazine
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Intermale Gay Bookstore: New Erotica
MR. BENSON Jamie wears his tightest pants to the leather bar and makes sure the handsome, unsmiling top across the room gets a good view of his assets. ... ~intermal/ winero05.html

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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