August 11, 1922
New York City, U.S.
|Died||June 24, 2006 (aged 83)|
Englewood, New Jersey, U.S.
|Organization||Lyle Stuart Inc., Barricade Books|
|Spouse(s)||Mary Louise Stuart (d. 1969)|
Lyle Stuart (born Lyle Simon; August 11, 1922 – June 24, 2006) was an American author and independent publisher of controversial books. He worked as a newsman for years before launching his publishing firm, Lyle Stuart, Incorporated.
A former part-owner of the original Aladdin Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Stuart was also a noted gambling authority, who advised casinos on how to protect themselves from cheats and cons. A garrulous raconteur, he had a wide circle of friends, freely admitting to a lively sex life and, as expected of a gambling authority and a former partial casino owner, he was fond of gambling, with baccarat and craps being his games of choice. His gambling bestsellers were Casino Gambling for the Winner, Winning at Casino Gambling, and Lyle Stuart on Baccarat. He boasted, in Casino Gambling for the Winner, of having won $166,505 in ten consecutive visits to Las Vegas.
The Walter Winchell feud
Stuart had first gained national notoriety by taking on the powerful newspaper columnist Walter Winchell in a series of scathing magazine articles, collected in book form in 1953. After serving with the United States Merchant Marine and the Air Transport Command in World War II, he worked for William Randolph Hearst's International News Service, Variety, Music Business, and RTW Scout.
In 1951, he launched a monthly tabloid named Exposé (name later changed to The Independent) designed to publish those stories and articles that others would not have dared publish because they might have offended subscribers or advertisers. Contributors included Upton Sinclair, Norman Mailer, George Seldes, Ted O. Thackrey and John Steinbeck.
In 1956, with $8,000 of the money he collected from libel actions against Walter Winchell, Confidential, ABC-TV, and Editor & Publisher, he began his publishing company, Lyle Stuart, Inc., of which, as noted below, Kensington Books subsequently acquired ownership.
Lyle Stuart, Inc.
The publishing firm for which Stuart was best known, Lyle Stuart, Inc., was founded in 1955 with the proceeds of a lawsuit settlement. It was known for publishing books such as The Sensuous Woman.
The company was sold in 1988 to developer Steven Schragis, who started Carol Publishing. In 2000, Carol Publishing filed for bankruptcy and was itself sold to the Kensington Publishing Corporation.
Stuart made headlines in 1997 with his then-current Barricade Books, by reissuing The Turner Diaries, a novel thought to have been the inspiration behind Timothy McVeigh's bombing of the Murrah building. He was a strong advocate of freedom of the press, and believed it was important for people to be able to read and make up their own minds. (In the introduction he wrote to his reissue of The Turner Diaries, he made clear how strongly he opposed the viewpoint expressed in the book.) Lyle Stuart stated he was a firm proponent of the First Amendment which he felt should always be challenged.
Also in the 1990s, casino mogul Steve Wynn sued Stuart over catalog copy. The copy on Running Scared, a biography of Wynn, made reference to a New Scotland Yard report that tied the Las Vegas tycoon to the Genovese Crime Family. (The book refuted some of the report's findings.) Stuart lost the libel case and was ordered to pay three million dollars in defamation, forcing him into bankruptcy. This judgment was overturned on appeal by the Nevada Supreme Court in 2001 and sent back for a new trial, which Wynn chose not to pursue.
Stuart was born in Manhattan on August 11, 1922. Stuart's first wife, Mary Louise Stuart, died in 1969. They are the parents of famed jazz guitarist Rory Stuart. Later Stuart married Carole Livingston Stuart in 1982 and they were married until his death.
- God Wears a Bow Tie (1950)
- Inside Western Union (1950)
- The Secret Life of Walter Winchell (1953)
- Inside The FBI (1967)
- The Rich and the Super-Rich (1968)
- Naked Came the Stranger (1969)
- The Sensuous Woman (1969)
- The Anarchist Cookbook (1970)
- The Sensuous Man (1971)
- The MAD World of William M. Gaines (1972), Library of Congress Card No. 72-9178
- Jackie Oh! (1978)
- Casino Gambling for the Winner (1978), ISBN 978-0-8184-0267-8
- The Prostitute Murders: The People Vs. Richard Cottingham (1983)
- Du Pont Dynasty: Behind the Nylon Curtain (1984)
- L. Ron Hubbard: Messiah or Madman? (1987)
- Black Robes, White Justice (1987), ISBN 0-8184-0422-1
- Winning at Casino Gambling (1994), ISBN 978-1-56980-012-6
- Lyle Stuart on Baccarat (1997), ISBN 978-1-56980-105-5 ISBN 0818407174
- Diehl, Digby. Tales from the Crypt: The Official Archives. St. Martin's, 1996.
- "'Gutsiest' Publisher". tribunedigital-chicagotribune. Retrieved August 4, 2016.
- Kelly, Keith J. (March 29, 2000). "VULTURES CLAIM CAROL PUBLISHING". New York Post. Retrieved August 4, 2016.
- Weeks, Linton (April 24, 1996). "Publisher to market racist Turner Diaries". Washington Post. Retrieved July 23, 2018.
- Ramirez, Anthony. "Lyle Stuart, Publisher of Renegade Titles, Dies at 83", The New York Times, June 26, 2006.
- Coleman, Loren (June 26, 2006). "Lyle Stuart, Frank Edwards' Publisher, Dies on June 24th". cryptomundo.com. Retrieved August 19, 2006.
- Schudel, Matt (June 28, 2006). "Controversial Publisher Lyle Stuart, 83". Washington Post. Retrieved August 19, 2006.