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Edward Irenaeus Prime-Stevenson (January 29, 1858, Madison, New Jersey – July 23, 1942, Lausanne, Switzerland) was an American author. He used the pseudonym Xavier Mayne.[1]

Edward Irenaeus Prime-Stevenson
Eddie Stevenson1.jpg
Born(1858-01-29)January 29, 1858
Madison, New Jersey
OccupationNovelist, Journalist
NationalityUnited States


Edward Prime Stevenson was born on January 29, 1858, in Madison, New Jersey.[1] His father was a Presbyterian minister and a school principal; his mother was the offspring of a family of men of letters.[1]

After studying law, Stevenson decided to become a writer and a journalist.[1] 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,[1] a defense of homosexuality from a scientific, legal, historical, and personal perspective.


"Between a protozoan and the most perfect development of the mammalia, we trace a succession of dependent intersteps...A trilobite is at one end of Nature's workshop: a Spinoza, a Shakespeare, a Beethoven is at the other... gone on insisting that each specimen of sex in humanity must... follow out two programmes only, or else be thought amiss, imperfect, and degenerate [?] Why have we set up masculinity and femininity as processes that have not perfectly logical and respectable inter-steps?".

— Xavier Mayne, History of Similisexualism[2]


  • Prime-Stevenson, Edward; Sons, Charles Scribner's; Trow's Printing and Bookbinding Company (1887), White cockades : an incident of the "forty-five", Charles Scribner's Sons, OCLC 2163459
  • Prime-Stevenson, Edward (1891), Left to themselves: being the ordeal of Philip and Gerald, New York, Hunt & Eaton, OCLC 9777119
  • Prime-Stevenson, Edward (2003) [1906], Imre: A Memorandum, Broadview literary texts, Peterborough, ISBN 978-1-55111-358-6
  • Prime-Stevenson, Edward Irenaeus (1975) [1908], The intersexes : a history of similisexualism as a problem in social life, Homosexuality, Arno Press, ISBN 978-0-405-07364-9
  • Prime-Stevenson, Edward (1913), Her enemy, some friends and other personages, stories and studies mostly of human hearts, G. & R. Obsner, OCLC 458170986


  1. ^ a b c d e Bullough, Vern L. Before Stonewall: Activists for Gay and Lesbian Rights in Historical Context, Haworth Press Inc, 2003, pp. 35–36.
  2. ^ Haggerty, George (2000). Gay Histories and Cultures. Garland Publishing, Inc. pp. 298–299.

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