August 11, 1922
|Died||June 24, 2006
|Residence||Fort Lee, New Jersey|
|Organization||Lyle Stuart Inc., Barricade Books|
|Spouse(s)||Mary Louise Stuart (????–1969)
Carole Livingston Stuart (1982–2006; his death)
Lyle Stuart (August 11, 1922 – June 24, 2006) was an American author and independent publisher of controversial books. Born Lionel Simon, Stuart worked as a newsman for years before launching his publishing firm, Lyle Stuart, Inc.
A former part-owner of the original Aladdin Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, he was 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 was fond of gambling, baccarat and craps, his games of choice. His gambling bestsellers are Casino Gambler for the Winner, Winning at Casino Gambling and Lyle Stuart on Baccarat. He boasted in Casino Gambler for the Winner that he'd won $166,505 in ten consecutive visits to Las Vegas.
He 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). 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.
Walter Winchell feud
Stuart 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 wouldn’t dare publish because they might offend 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. (which is now owned by Kensington Books).
Stuart's first wife, Mary Louise Stuart, died in 1969. He married Carole Livingston Stuart in 1982 and they were married until his death on June 24, 2006 at age 83. He was a resident of Fort Lee, New Jersey.
- 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)
- Jackie Oh! (1978)
- Casino Gambling for the Winner (1978), ISBN 978-0-8184-0267-8
- Du Pont Dynasty: Behind the Nylon Curtain (1984)
- L. Ron Hubbard: Messiah or Madman? (1987)
- Winning at Casino Gambling (1994), ISBN 978-1-56980-012-6
- Lyle Stuart on Baccarat (1997), ISBN 978-1-56980-105-5 ISBN 0818407174
- Schudel, Matt (2006-06-28). "Controversial Publisher Lyle Stuart, 83". Washington Post. Retrieved 2006-08-19.
- Diehl, Digby. Tales from the Crypt: The Official Archives. St. Martin's, 1996.
- Coleman, Loren (2006-06-26). "Lyle Stuart, Frank Edwards’ Publisher, Dies on June 24th". cryptomundo.com. Retrieved 2006-08-19.
- Ramirez, Anthony. "Lyle Stuart, Publisher of Renegade Titles, Dies at 83", The New York Times, June 26, 2006. Accessed November 4, 2007. "He was 83 and lived in Fort Lee, N.J."
- Lyle Stuart's Open letter in The New York Times 1988-01-03
- Publishers Weekly on Nevada Supreme Court verdict 2001-10-08