/ Includes PS Section The flamboyant autobiography of the uninhibited and wonderful Quentin Crisp. / The outrageous and hilarious life and times of one of Britain's great eccentrics -- Quentin Crisp. / 'The Naked Civil Servant' has sold over 128,000 copies in the UK alone. / Was turned into an award-winning television film in the 1970's and has been published in numerous best-selling editions over the last 40 years.
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.
Published at the height of the sexual revolution‘1968, to be exact‘Crisp's memoir flaunting his homosexuality nonetheless raised plenty of eyebrows, even though he had been completely open about it for more than 30 years. Though quite humorous, the book is still sensitive to the feelings of anyone looking for acceptance for any reason.
'A work of great wit, intelligence and sensitivity.' Washington Post Book World