Jess Stearn

Jess Stearn
Born (1914-04-26)April 26, 1914
Syracuse, New York
Died March 27, 2002(2002-03-27) (aged 87)
Malibu, California
Occupation Author, journalist
Nationality American
Education Syracuse University

Jess Stearn (April 26, 1914 – March 27, 2002) was a Jewish-American journalist and author of more than thirty books, nine of which were bestsellers.

Early life

Stearn was born in Syracuse, New York to David Stearn, a rabbi. He graduated from Syracuse University.


Stearn became a journalist for the New York Daily News and later an associate editor for Newsweek.[1]

As an author, Stearn specialized in sensationalist speculative non-fiction. His early work focused on outsiders and marginalized individuals such as prostitutes, drug addicts, and the LGBT community. His later work focused on spirituality, the occult, and psychic phenomena. His most popular works were two biographies on the American psychic Edgar Cayce; Stearn was a conference speaker for the Association for Research and Enlightenment and a proponent of Cayce's theories.[2]

Personal life

Stearn married twice and had two children, Martha and Fred. He had a longtime close friendship with actress and radio/television personality Arlene Francis. That may have had a connection to the first mention of his name in a nationally syndicated newspaper column. A reference to his latest book appeared in the Voice of Broadway column written by Francis' television colleague Dorothy Kilgallen. Either Kilgallen or her editor at the New York Journal American placed a plug for Yoga, Youth and Reincarnation in that paper's September 15, 1965 edition immediately after an item about an upcoming Johnnie Ray concert in Las Vegas.[3] Ten years later, Francis discussed one of her recurring dreams with Stearn for a book he was writing that included a section on dreams.[4][5] Stearn and Francis shared interests in yoga and weightlifting.[6]


Stearn died of congestive heart failure on March 27, 2002 in his Malibu, California home. He chose not to have a funeral because of his belief in reincarnation.[7][8]



  1. "Jess Stearn, 87; Wrote Best Sellers on the Occult". New York Times. April 2, 2002.
  2. Sutphen, Dick. "Jess Stearn".
  3. Kilgallen, Dorothy. "Joan Baez in Serious Trouble Over Tax Protest." New York Journal American September 15, 1965, pg. 25
  4. Stearn, Jess (1976). A Matter of Immortality: Dramatic Evidence of Survival. Atheneum Publishers. pp. 299–300. ISBN 978-0689107214.
  5. Francis, Arlene (1978). Arlene Francis: A Memoir. Simon & Schuster. pp. 198–199. ISBN 978-0671228088.
  6. Francis, Arlene (1978). Arlene Francis: A Memoir. Simon & Schuster. pp. 170–174. ISBN 978-0671228088.
  7. "The Astrologers' Memorial Web Page". Solstice Point.
  8. Oliver, Myrna (April 1, 2002). "Obituary". Los Angeles Times. p. 9.
  9. "The Grapevine". Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved January 15, 2015.
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