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The Naked Civil Servant

Crisp, Quentin (Book - 1997)
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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 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.
Authors: Crisp, Quentin
Title: The naked civil servant
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Penguin Books, 1997, c1996
Characteristics: x, 212 p. ;,21 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Quentin Crisp ; a preface by Michael Holroyd
Notes: Originally published: London : Jonathan Cape, 1968. With new pref
ISBN: 9780141180533
0141180536
Branch Call Number: B-Cr869n 1997
Subject Headings: Gay men England London Biography Crisp, Quentin
Topical Term: Gay men
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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.


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