The Naked Civil Servant

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"As soon as I stepped out of my mother's womb...I realized that I had made a mistake," Quentin Crisp declares, giving a small hint of the witty and wry approach he takes toward the life he describes with uninhibited exuberance in this classic autobiography, which is both a comic masterpiece and a unique testament to the resilience of the human spirit. Crisp not only came out as a gay man in 1931, when the slightest sign of homosexuality shocked public sensibilities, but he did so with grand and provocative flamboyance, determined to spread the
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Overview

"As soon as I stepped out of my mother's womb...I realized that I had made a mistake," Quentin Crisp declares, giving a small hint of the witty and wry approach he takes toward the life he describes with uninhibited exuberance in this classic autobiography, which is both a comic masterpiece and a unique testament to the resilience of the human spirit. Crisp not only came out as a gay man in 1931, when the slightest sign of homosexuality shocked public sensibilities, but he did so with grand and provocative flamboyance, determined to spread the message that homosexuality did not exclude him or anyone else from the human race. His hilarious descriptions of encounters with parents, friends, employers, soldiers and sailors, and the law reveal the strength and humor of an honest man, determined to face the world with the uncensored, unapologetic truth about himself.

Witty, acutely perceptive and thoroughly honest autobiography of a man who, in 1931, "came out" as a homosexual.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780141180533
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/28/1997
  • Series: Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics Series
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 429,766
  • Product dimensions: 5.14 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.58 (d)

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  • Posted August 1, 2014

    Don't rush to buy it

    The author was comical (as intended) in describing his beatings and status in life, but his wandering, nonsensical writing leaves a lot to be desired. He was his own worst enemy. Although, why change just for society, I guess that's what he meant throughout.

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  • Posted March 24, 2009

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    Glimpse Into Another Time

    I'd ask you to use your judgement on this, you should be able to tell if you would like the book or not just by reading the description. I found it refreshing to read of this completely free, unique, unyielding man. The gay movement could use more Quentin Crisps, and his autobiography explains why.

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