The Naked Civil Servant

Author: Quentin Crisp
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9780141180533
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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.

The Naked Civil Servant

Author: Quentin Crisp
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
ISBN: 0007241682
Size: 59.61 MB
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In this funny, moving account of his outrageous youth, Quentin Crisp describes his unhappy childhood and the stresses of adolescence which led him to London.

How To Become A Virgin

Author: Quentin Crisp
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
ISBN: 0007292368
Size: 20.87 MB
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In this second volume of his autobiography, Quentin Crisp describes the wider horizons of his years as a celebrity at home and abroad, and explains his personal philosophy of inaction, as well as his love affair with North America.

How To Go To The Movies

Author: Quentin Crisp
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 9780312299941
Size: 13.51 MB
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Since moving to New York City over a decade ago, Quentin Crisp has brought his love of the cinema and his notorious wit together in a series of essays on films and film stars. A veteran film-goer of seventy years who has kept a vigilant eye on changing Hollywood styles and the public tastes that follow, Mr. Crisp discusses both films and stars with his typical panache and dexterity and leads his readers with polite madness to a clear, straightforward moral, proving himself to be an unexpected champion of good sense. Along the way Mr. Crisp shares his personal encounters with the likes of Lillian Gish, John Hurt, David Hockney, Divine, Sting, and Geraldine Page. Prefaced by longer essays on the essence of stardom, the nature of Hollywood, and the deplorable state of that town today, Mr. Crisp's book is a delight to read.

The Quentin Kind

Author: Mark Armstrong
Publisher:
ISBN:
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This thesis offers a close reading of Quentin Crisp's auto/biographical representations, most particularly The Naked Civil Servant. Published in 1968, Crisp's autobiography was dramatized for Thames Television in 1975, a film that would prove seminal in the history of British broadcasting and something of a 'quantum leap' in the medium's representation of gay lives. As an interpretative study, it offers a scope of visual and narrative analyses that assess Crisp's cultural figure - his being both an 'icon' in gay history and someone against which gay men's normative sense of masculinity could be measured. According to particular thematic concerns that allow for the correspondent reading of the visual and the literary auto/biographical text, this thesis considers the reception of that image and the binary meanings of fashioning it embodies. It explores not the detailed materiality of Crisp's figure but its effects - the life that his fashioning determined and the fashioning of that life in textual discourse and media rhetoric. Observing Crisp as a performer of the auto/biographical, the following themes are addressed: the biopic, its tropes and 'the body too much'; desire, otherness and the 'great dark man'; the circumscribed life of the art school model; the 'exile' of a Chelsea bedsit; and the drag of a queer dotage.

How To Have A Lifestyle

Author: Quentin Crisp
Publisher: Alyson Publications
ISBN: 9781555834067
Size: 72.96 MB
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In the funny, wise, self-mocking and acutely perceptive work, Britain's leading 'stately homo' reveals what style is and what style isn't. He tells who had it, who has it, why you need it and how to get it.

The Last Word

Author: Quentin Crisp
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780692968482
Size: 28.66 MB
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The Last Word is the third and final installment of Quentin Crisp's autobiography. The Last Word was written by Crisp with the help of his best friend, Phillip Ward, who tape-recorded and later transcribed Quentin's words between 1997-1999. The Last Word was published on November 21, 2017, the eighteen-year anniversary of Crisp's passing.

Quentin Crisp

Author: Nigel Kelly
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 0786488417
Size: 62.20 MB
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English writer and raconteur Quentin Crisp (1908-1999) became a celebrity and gay icon at the age of 60 with the publication and televising of his 1968 memoir, The Naked Civil Servant. Unapologetically unconventional, he filled books and articles with his witticisms and opinions on popular culture, and packed theaters worldwide with his one-man show An Evening with Quentin Crisp. This biography chronicles Crisp's life, including his birth in pre-World War I England; his life as a gay youth on the streets of London; his early attempts at writing and job-seeking; his entry into the world of mode.

Out At The Movies

Author: Steven Paul Davies
Publisher: Oldacastle Books
ISBN: 1842434047
Size: 53.97 MB
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Over the decades, gay cinema has reflected the community's journey from persecution to emancipation to acceptance. Politicized dramas like Victim in the 1960s, The Naked Civil Servant in the 1970s, and the AIDS cinema of the 1980s have given way in recent years to films which celebrate a vast array of gay lifestyles. Gay films have undergone a major shift from the fringe to the mainstream—2005’s Academy Awards were dubbed "the gay Oscars" with statues going to Brokeback Mountain, Capote, and Transamerica. Producers began clamoring to back gay-themed movies and the most high profile of these is Gus Van Sant’s forthcoming Milk, starring Sean Penn as Harvey Milk, the first prominent American political figure to be elected to office on an openly gay ticket back in the 1970s. The book also covers gay filmmakers and actors and their influence within the industry, the most iconic scenes from gay cinema, and the most memorable dialogue from key films.