George Sylvester Viereck
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George Viereck was born in Germany, to a German father and American-born mother. His father Louis, born out of wedlock to German actress Edwina Viereck, was reputed to be a son of Kaiser Wilhelm I. Another relative of the Hohenzollern family assumed legal paternity of the boy. In the 1870s Louis Viereck joined the Marxist socialist movement. George Viereck began writing poetry when he was eleven. His heroes were Jesus Christ, Napoleon Bonaparte, and Oscar Wilde. In 1896 Louis Viereck emigrated to the United States; his U.S.-born wife Laura and their twelve-year-old son George followed in 1897.
While still in college, in 1904, George Sylvester Viereck, with the help of literary critic Ludwig Lewisohn, published his first collection of poems. He graduated from the College of the City of New York in 1906. The next year his collection Nineveh and Other Poems (1907) won Viereck national fame. A number were written in the style of the Uranian male love poetry of the time. The Saturday Evening Post called Viereck "the most widely-discussed young literary man in the United States today" 
Between 1907 and 1912, Viereck turned into a Germanophile. In 1908 he published the best-selling Confessions of a Barbarian. Viereck lectured at the University of Berlin on American poetry in 1911.
In 1923 Viereck published a popular-science book entitled Rejuvenation: How Steinach Makes People Young, which drew the attention of Sigmund Freud, who wrote Viereck asking of he would write a similar book about psychoanalysis. Viereck traveled to Vienna to interview Freud, and then went to Munich to interview Adolf Hitler. During the mid-1920s, Viereck went on several additional tours of Europe, interviewing Marshal Foch, Georges Clemenceau, George Bernard Shaw, Oswald Spengler, Benito Mussolini, Queen Elisabeth of the Belgians, Henry Ford, Albert Moll, Magnus Hirschfeld, and Albert Einstein. Viereck became close friends with Nikola Tesla. According to Tesla, Viereck was the greatest contemporary American poet. Tesla occasionally attended dinner parties held by Viereck and his wife. He dedicated his poem "Fragments of Olympian Gossip" to Viereck, a work in which Tesla ridiculed the scientific establishment of the day.
Viereck founded two publications, The International and The Fatherland, which argued the German cause during World War I. Viereck became a well-known Nazi apologist. His interview with Adolf Hitler in 1923 had offered hints of what was to come. In 1933 Viereck again met with Hitler, now Germany's Führer, in Berlin, and in 1934 he gave a speech to twenty thousand "Friends of the New Germany" at New York's Madison Square Garden, in which he compared Hitler to Franklin Delano Roosevelt and told his audience to sympathize with National Socialism without being antisemites. His Jewish friends denounced him as "George Swastika Viereck," but he continued to promote the German Nazis.
In 1941, he was indicted in the U.S. for a violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act when he set up his publishing house, Flanders Hall, in Scotch Plains, New Jersey. He was convicted in 1942 for this failure to register with the U. S. Department of State as a Nazi agent. He was imprisoned from 1942 to 1947.
Viereck's memoir of life in prison, Men into Beasts, was published as a paperback original by Fawcett Publications in 1952. The book is a general memoir of discomfort, loss of dignity, and brutality in prison life. The front matter and backcover text focuses on the situational homosexuality and male rape described in the book (witnessed, not experienced, by Viereck). The book, while a memoir, is thus the first original title of 1950s gay pulp fiction, an emerging genre in that decade.
- (1904) Gedichte
- (1907) The House of the Vampire
- (1907) Nineveh and Other Poems
- (1910) Confessions of a Barbarian
- (1912) The Candle and the Flame
- (1916) Songs of Armageddon & Other Poems
- (1928) My First Two Thousand Years: The Autobiography of the Wandering Jew, with Paul Eldridge
- (1930) Glimpses of the Great
- (1930) Salome: The Wandering Jewess
- (1932) The Invincible Adam
- (1932) Strangest Friendship: Woodrow Wilson and Colonel House
- (1937) The Kaiser on Trial
- (1938) The Temptation of Jonathan
- (1952) Men into Beasts
- (1953) The Nude in the Mirror
Foreign editions 
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- D.H. Mader, "The Greek Mirror: Uranians and their use of Greece" in Verstraete and Provencal, ed. Same-Sex Desire and Love in Greco-Roman Antiquity; p.384 (2005).
- Tom Reiss, The Orientalist, Random House, 2005, p. 285
- Tom Reiss, The Orientalist, Random House, 2005, pp. 286-287
- Page 100, William R. Lyne, Pentagon Aliens, 1993, 1997.
- The Guardian - Great interviews of the 20th century
- Tom Reiss, The Orientalist, Random House, 2005, pp. 288-289
- George Sylvester Viereck
- John Roy Carlson, Under Cover, The Blakiston Company, Philadelphia ; Current Biography, 1943.
- Tom Reiss, "The First Conservative: How Peter Viereck Inspired—and Lost—a Movement", The New Yorker, October 24, 2005