The Naked Civil Servant

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The Naked Civil Servant

By Quentin Crisp; Michael Holroyd (Preface by)

Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780141180533, 240pp.

Publication Date: May 1, 1997

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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About the Author
Quentin Crisp is the author of" How to Go to the Movies", among other books.

Michael Holroyd is the author of acclaimed biographies of George Bernard Shaw, the painter Augustus John, Lytton Strachey, and Ellen Terry and Henry Irving, as well as two memoirs, "Basil Street Blues "and "Mosaic". Knighted for his services to literature, he is the president emeritus of the Royal Society of Literature and the only nonfiction writer to have been awarded the David Cohen British Prize for Literature. His previous book, "A Strange Eventful History", won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for biography in 2009. He lives in London with his wife, the novelist Margaret Drabble.