The Naked Civil Servant

The Naked Civil Servant

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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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Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Penguin Books, 1997, c1996
ISBN: 9780141180533
0141180536
Branch Call Number: BIOGRAPHY 306.7662 CRISP 1997
Characteristics: x, 212 p. ; 21 cm

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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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