Paul Bailey has created a fascinating portrait of the unique Quentin Crisp, with contributions from friends, admirers, and critics. His various careers—as a performer, artist's model, writer of a memorable autobiography, and authority on style and etiquette—are examined with wit, affection, and disinterested criticism. Designed to explore his life from a variety of angles, The Stately Homo is a tribute to one of the twentieth century's true English eccentrics.
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Born into an impoverished English family, young Dennis Pratt wanted to be something different—and so he transformed himself into Quentin Crisp, the urbanely witty, exhibitionistic, ever–gracious raconteur. In The Stately Homo, his various careers—as a performer, writer, and authority on style and etiquette—are observed with irreverence, wit, and affection. Quentin Crisp first gained fame when The Naked Civil Servant, a highly successful film based on his book, brought him to the attention of millions. He went on to appear, for many years, in one–man shows in Britain and New York. He was in the midst of such a tour when he died in 1999.From the Inside Flap:
g glimpse of post-war Soho, Fitzrovia, Chelsea and bohemian London in general, and theatre, camp and gay history.
A celebration of the life and achievements of Quentin Crisp, the flamboyant and witty eccentric who refused to conform to any definition the world tried to pin on him. Contributors include: Andrew Barrow, Clive Fisher, Ronald Harwood, Simon Hattenstone, Philip Hensher, John Hurt, James Kirkup, Adam Mars-Jones, George Melly, Patrick O'Connor, Sally Potter, Paul Robinson, Ann Valery and Elizabeth Wyndham.
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Book Description Transworld Publishers, 2001. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P11055299927X