The Naked Civil Servant (Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics)
|Rating||:||4.15 (500 Votes)|
|Number of Pages||:||240 Pages|
My Master's Voice If you're a true Stylist, you will thrill to the sound of your Master's (lilting, quavery) voice.Also helps with memorizing his in/famous quips and one-liners! ^_~. The story of a funny, fascinating, melancholy life. Miles D. Moore Rereading "The Naked Civil Servant" after many years, I find Quentin Crisp's melancholy wit just as bracing as I did when I first encountered the book. The chiseled perfection of Crisp's aphorisms recall Oscar Wilde (though Crisp's distaste for Wilde was famous; Wilde's hubris and subsequent downfall made life that much harder for the gay men, such as Crisp, who ca. "Queer" Before There Was "Queer" -- And Funny as Hell Quentin Crisp truly embodies the expression "to thine own self be true." But his life bumped up against another cliche, "don't frighten the horses." As a young man in London during the 1920s and 1930s, he lived openly as an effeminate, homosexual man, not closeted, but, as he says in these witty memoirs, "brazening it out" and willing to take the social and other l
Quentin Crisp was born on Christmas Day 1908 in Sutton, a suburb of London. 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 bi
Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.. This exhibitionist with the henna-dyed hair was harrassed, ridiculed and beaten. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. The Naked Civil Servant is both a comic masterpiece and a unique testament to the resilience of the human spirit.For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. A comical and poignant memoir of a gay man living life as he pleased in the 1930sIn 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. Nevertheless, he claimed his right to be himself—whatever the consequences
Though quite humorous, the book is still sensitive to the feelings of anyone looking for acceptance for any reason.Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. From Library Journal 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.