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The Naked Civil Servant is the 1968 autobiography of British gay icon Quentin Crisp, adapted into a 1975 film of the same name starring John Hurt.

The Naked Civil Servant is the 1968 autobiography of British gay icon Quentin Crisp, adapted into a 1975 film of the same name starring John Hurt. The book began as a 1964 radio interview with Crisp conducted by his friend and fellow eccentric Philip O'Connor. A managing director at Jonathan Cape heard the interview and commissioned the publication. Having sold only 3,500 copies when first released, the book became a success when it was republished following the television movie broadcast.

The Naked Civil Servant book. Nevertheless, he claimed his right to be himself-whatever the consequences

The Naked Civil Servant book. 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.

The Naked Civil Servant is a masterwork in the genres of autobiography and humor, and an important piece of queer literature - It is an important read for anyone who finds their identity in opposition to the world at large. This item: The Naked Civil Servant (Penguin Classics). Customers who viewed this item also viewed.

The Naked Civil Servant is a 1975 biographical film based on Quentin Crisp's 1968 book of the same name, starring John Hurt and directed by Jack Gold, adapted by Philip Mackie, and produced by Verity Lambert. Originally broadcast on 17 December, the 77-minute television film was produced by Thames Television for the British channel ITV. Crisp is depicted from youth to middle age. For his performance, Hurt won the BAFTA for Best Actor in 1976 and the production also won the 1976 Prix Italia.

The Naked Civil Servant is camp and unabashedly so - but it has far more going on beneath the surface, and helped usher in more nuanced portrayals of LGBT people and culture in the years to come. Somewhat funny and somewhat sad at the same time. The Naked Civil Servant.

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Quentin Crisp was made famous by his 1968 book 'The Naked Civil Servant' and was also a prominent gay rights .

Quentin Crisp was made famous by his 1968 book 'The Naked Civil Servant' and was also a prominent gay rights campaigner. The title was inspired by Crisp's time as a nude art model. Crisp argues that nude models are employed by schools, which are controlled by the Department of Education, making them civil servants. Other guests on the show that night included Trinity Senator David Norris, and entertainer Faith Brown. David Norris, Quentin Crisp and Faith Brown (1985).

Crisp's most popular book was his autobiography, The Naked Civil Servant, which deals openly with the subject of his homosexuality. The book ultimately became a television play that has been broadcast in England, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and the . Other Crisp books include How to Have a Life-Style, Manners from Heaven, and The Wit and Wisdom of Quentin Crisp. He made his off-Broadway debut with An Evening with Quentin Crisp in 1978.

  • There's an anecdote in this charming and astringent memoir that epitomizes THE NAKED CIVIL SERVANT for me: in the 1930s, Quentin Crisp worked as an assistant in an office and was sent out at lunchtime to buy a pair of scissors for that office. Instead of going to Woolworth's and picking up a cheap pair for sixpence (about fifteen cents U.S. then; perhaps a couple of bucks today), he went to a good stationer's and spent two shillings sixpence for a nice pair (five times what the Woolie's model cost). The secretary to whom he brought the scissors was aghast at the high price, until Crisp facetiously suggested calling the new acquisition "paper shears" rather than scissors. THAT made the purchase okay, to Crisp's surprise and chagrin.

    Quentin Crisp just wasn't constructed to live in "straight" society, and sexuality only sometimes has anything to do with it. He did decide, as a young man, to "brazen it out" and live as an effeminate gay man, on the theory that he would never pass for straight. He took the lumps (physical and metaphorical) associated with such out-ness, but he had a lot of fun, too. Anyone who can refer to gilt-edged payments from his mother (roughly, U.K. for "blue-chip") as "GUILT-edged" has something to say. This witty and insightful bio should be on anyone's reading list for Interwar England (1919-1939), gay or straight.

  • In The Naked Civil Servant Quentin Crisp introduces us to quite the character - himself.

    "From the dawn of my history I was so disfigured by the characteristics of a certain kind of homosexual person that, when I grew up, I realized that I could not ignore my predicament."

    The Naked Civil Servant is the autobiography of Quentin Crisp, a gay man who came out in 1931 and lived his life with a flamboyance defiant of the time. The book is filled with tales, spanning many decades, of his various careers (despite lack of skill), and friends who "were anyone who could put up with the disgrace".

    Spanning decades, and thus changes in times, attitudes, fashions, and degrees of acceptance, Crisp paints the picture of his life, lived in vibrant color, with a unique wit that has not been seen elsewhere, and may not be ever again.

    The Naked Civil Servant is a masterwork in the genres of autobiography and humor, and an important piece of queer literature - It is an important read for anyone who finds their identity in opposition to the world at large.

  • I think this is Quentin Crisp's best autobiography dating back to his birth of 1908. He was more fortunate than most gays of that time period. At least he never suffered the same punishment as Allan Turing who took his own life in 1954 because of chemical castration. The charge was gross indecency. Euphemism for homosexuality. The story of Quentin Crisp is just as colorful. A life beset with challenges if you were openly effeminate. Most gays tried to keep their sexuality secret.

  • I do feel that this review may be out of place here but here goes. In the mid 1980's I was lucky enough to meet Quentin as he was performing at the Donmar Theatre in London. I was introduced to him through a close friend of mine who was a leading light in the 'alternative theatre' world. Being a photographer I was able to photograph Quentin and he was very gracious. A few months later I was in NY and telephoned him and invited him to lunch which he agreed to and we had an enjoyable lunch and I photographed him yet again. I asked him this question -: 'How did he feel about being so inspirational to so many people both homosexual and heterosexual? I do not recall his precise words but he responded in a bemused manner as if it had never occurred to him before. I told him that I was a heterosexual man and had admired him for his courage and honesty in being just who he wanted to be and that he was an icon for many of my students. He thanked me and later sent me a short letter which I was able to read out to my students in Sydney. Many of them were very appreciative on hearing his words and they eventually bought the above book. When the play, based on his life and written by Tim Fountain toured Australia, I was able to contribute a few photographs for that book. The pics were cropped but nonetheless I admired Quentin and the play was well received. The book is called 'Quentin Crisp by Tim Fountain. The play toured during the last year of Quentin's life and describes that last year. Unfortunately Quentin never got to see the play which I felt so sad about. He was a courageous man and I felt very fortunate that I got to meet him. He inspired me to be a better person and I cherish the photographs I have of him.