Naked Civil Servant

Naked Civil Servant

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by Quentin Crisp
     
 

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A comical and poignant memoir of a gay man living life as he pleased in the 1930s

In 1931, gay liberation was not a movement—it was simply unthinkable. But in that year, Quentin Crisp made the courageous decision to "come out" as a homosexual. This exhibitionist with the henna-dyed hair was harrassed, ridiculed and beaten. Nevertheless, he claimed

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A comical and poignant memoir of a gay man living life as he pleased in the 1930s

In 1931, gay liberation was not a movement—it was simply unthinkable. But in that year, Quentin Crisp made the courageous decision to "come out" as a homosexual. This exhibitionist with the henna-dyed hair was harrassed, ridiculed and beaten. Nevertheless, he claimed his right to be himself—whatever the consequences. The Naked Civil Servant is both a comic masterpiece and a unique testament to the resilience of the human spirit.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780006540441
Publisher:
Gardners Books
Publication date:
06/17/1996
Edition description:
New

Meet the Author

Quentin Crisp was born on Christmas Day 1908 in Sutton, a suburb of London. After leaving school he became an illustrator and a designer of book covers before spending the next 35 years of his life as an artists' model. In 1981 he moved to New York City and became a resident alien, living in a one bedroom flat in Chelsea which he famously never cleaned ("After the first four years the dirt doesn't get any worse"), and describing himself as a "resident waif." He died in 1999, just one month short of his 91st birthday.

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The Naked Civil Servant 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Wally11 More than 1 year ago
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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The_Lady_Vermillion More than 1 year ago
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.