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The Naked Civil Servant As soon as I stepped out of my mother s wombI 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 , 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


About the Author: Quentin Crisp

Quentin Crisp, born Denis Charles Pratt, was an English writer, artist s model, actor and raconteur known for his memorable and insightful witticisms He became a gay icon in the 1970s after publication of his memoir, The Naked Civil Servant, brought to the attention of the general public his defiant exhibitionism and longstanding refusal to remain in the closet.



10 thoughts on “The Naked Civil Servant

  1. Petra-X Petra-X says:

    There are many people famous for doing nothing or very little, who command high salaries for their appearances Some have done nothing at all, like the entire money and fame mad Kardashian family but in this time of recession they are definitely doing their bit to keep the cosmetics industry afloat , some are going


  2. Paul Bryant Paul Bryant says:

    My father hated me chiefly because I was revolting but also because I was expensive.Dates are important, ask any camel Quentin Crisp was born in 1908 This funny and truly outrageous autobiography was published in 1968 Quentin was the Oscar of his day, and this book is stuffed with Wildeish observations I did not know that


  3. ALLEN ALLEN says:

    Sting Gordon Sumner dedicated his song Englishman in New York 1987 to Crisp He had remarked jokingly that he looked forward to receiving his naturalisation papers so that he could commit a crime and not be deported In late 1986 Sting visited Crisp in his apartment and was told over dinner and the next three days what life had been


  4. Jessica Jessica says:

    Reading this book makes me happy and sad at the same time, which feels a bit like how I imagine mixing uppers and downers must discombobulated, and a bit ill.In other words, I m really enjoying it So far I d recommend this to anyone, though I have to warn those who are afraid of homosexuals that they will probably be unable to sleep for wee


  5. Kelly H. (Maybedog) Kelly H. (Maybedog) says:

    Quentin Crisp is a delightful, smart and engaging man and his book is an entertaining, funny as well as tragic, insight into what it was like to be flamboyantly gay in the early part of the twentieth century It s a fabulous story of a very brave man who stuck by his ideals and refused to be anything but who he was I was very fortunate to meet the ma


  6. Mariel Mariel says:

    Only a lifetime of receiving the confidences of unhappily married middle aged women brought me to the realization that in time, even for heterosexuals, sex is reduced to an indoor sport This was consoling It is nice to be in the same boat as one s betters, especially if it is sinking.He was the person that lashes what they are afraid you are thinking Before


  7. David David says:

    When the telegram announcing my father s death arrived, I felt nothing except irritation at the thought of having to go home, attend the funeral, and come back Quentin Crisp is not a likeable human being About one quarter way into this book, I was tempted to throw it aside for good But given its generally favorable reviews, I felt I should give it another chance And


  8. Evan Evan says:

    I first became aware of Crisp from his appearances on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson back in the days of my tender youth, the 1970s and 1980s I found this old flamboyant, colorfully dressed and mascara and rouge laden British queen and his tales to be mesmerizing Then I read his autobiography, The Naked Civil Servant, which proved that he was quite a bold subversive in h


  9. Shadowdenizen Shadowdenizen says:

    An amazing look into a bygone era, and into one of the personages that began laying the fundamental brickwork to change society as it was known forever Though, to be fair, let it be said that Quentin Crisp though he paints himself in a primarily positive light , was NOT the nicest or most likable of people, and yet even though he claims to effectively Not give a damn about people s op


  10. Jake Goretzki Jake Goretzki says:

    Pretty funny and one to add to anyone s London Soho collection Firstly, he s pretty admirable for his sheer resilience and not give a fuckery and his whole late in life success is in itself a charming story something he d no doubt call Rags to Bitches , or suchlike He s also very honest never claiming to have much in the way of talent though he has farthan he gives himself credit for and can w


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