Steven Saylor

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Steven Saylor
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Saylor at the 2012 Texas Book Festival
Born (1956-03-23) March 23, 1956 (age 65)
Port Lavaca, Texas
OccupationWriter
Alma mater University of Texas at Austin
Period1991 – present
Genre Historical fiction, mystery fiction, novel, short story
SubjectAncient Rome
Notable works Roma Sub Rosa series
Roma: The Novel of Ancient Rome
Notable awards Mystery Writers of America Robert L. Fish Memorial Award
1993
Lambda Literary Award
1993
Writers' League of Texas Violet Crown Award
2000
SpouseRichard Solomon
Website
stevensaylor.com

Steven Saylor (born March 23, 1956) is an American author of historical novels. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, where he studied history and classics.

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Saylor's best-known work is his Roma Sub Rosa historical mystery series, set in ancient Rome. The novels' hero is a detective named Gordianus the Finder, active during the time of Sulla, Cicero, Julius Caesar, and Cleopatra. Outside this crime novel series, Saylor has also written two epic-length historical novels about the city of Rome, Roma and Empire . His work has been published in 21 languages.

Saylor has also written two novels set in Texas. A Twist at the End, featuring O. Henry, is set in Austin in the 1880s and based on real-life serial murders and trials (the case of the so-called Servant Girl Annihilator). Have You Seen Dawn? is a contemporary thriller set in a fictional Texas town, Amethyst, based on Saylor's hometown, Goldthwaite, Texas.

Saylor contributed autobiographical essays to three anthologies of gay writing edited by John Preston, Hometowns, A Member of the Family, and Friends and Lovers, and prior to his novel-writing career he published gay erotic fiction under the pen name Aaron Travis.

Saylor has lived with Richard Solomon since 1976; they registered as domestic partners in San Francisco in 1991 and later dissolved that partnership in order to legally marry in October 2008. The couple split their time between properties in Berkeley, California, and Austin, Texas. [1]

Bibliography

Roma Sub Rosa series

Listed in publication order. For a chronological listing, see the separate Roma Sub Rosa article.

Roma series

Other books

Erotic fiction under the pseudonym Aaron Travis [2]

Novels

Novellas

Collections

Anthologies edited

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<i>Arms of Nemesis</i>

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<i>The House of the Vestals</i>

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<i>Last Seen in Massilia</i>

Last Seen in Massilia is a historical novel by American author Steven Saylor, first published by St. Martin's Press in 2000. It is the eighth book in his Roma Sub Rosa series of mystery stories set in the final decades of the Roman Republic. The main character is the Roman sleuth Gordianus the Finder.

<i>A Mist of Prophecies</i>

A Mist of Prophecies is a historical novel by American author Steven Saylor, first published by St. Martin's Press in 2002. It is the ninth book in his Roma Sub Rosa series of mystery stories set in the final decades of the Roman Republic. The main character is the Roman sleuth Gordianus the Finder.

<i>A Gladiator Dies Only Once</i>

A Gladiator Dies Only Once is a collection of short stories by American author Steven Saylor, first published by St. Martin's Press in 2005. It is the eleventh book in his Roma Sub Rosa series of mystery stories set in the final decades of the Roman Republic. The main character is the Roman sleuth Gordianus the Finder.

<i>The Triumph of Caesar</i>

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References

  1. Rapp, Linda (2005). "Saylor, Steven" (PDF). glbtq.com .
  2. The complete works published under the Aaron Travis pen name were reissued in Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble Nook editions in 2012.