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Quentin Crisp : the profession of being : a biography /
Nigel Kelly ; foreword by Guy Kettelhack.
imprint
Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., c2011.
description
xii, 216 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
0786464755 (softcover : alk. paper), 9780786464753 (softcover : alk. paper)
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imprint
Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., c2011.
isbn
0786464755 (softcover : alk. paper)
9780786464753 (softcover : alk. paper)
contents note
Childhood -- The teenage years -- Leaving school -- High Wycombe -- Leaving home -- Becoming Quentin Crisp -- Free lancing -- The early war years -- Becoming a model -- Peace breaks out -- Becoming the stately homo -- A midlife crisis -- Talking about himself -- The naked civil servant -- Traveling the world -- America, here I come! -- Becoming a film star -- Going out with a bang -- The death of the significant Quentin Crisp -- Afterword -- Crisperanto : the philosophy of Quentin Crisp -- Tributes -- Quentin's family tree.
abstract
"This biography chronicles Crisp's life, including birth in pre-World War I England; his life as a gay youth on the streets of London; early attempts at writing and job-seeking; entry into the world of modeling; and overnight success late in life. With this definitive chronicle, Quentin Crisp and his unique worldview are once again on display"--Provided by publisher.
catalogue key
7912765
 
"Quentin's Books" (p. 209).
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Library of Congress Summary
"This biography chronicles Crisp's life, including birth in pre-World War I England; his life as a gay youth on the streets of London; early attempts at writing and job-seeking; entry into the world of modeling; and overnight success late in life. With this definitive chronicle, Quentin Crisp and his unique worldview are once again on display"--Provided by publisher.
Main Description
English writer and raconteur Quentin Crisp (1908-1999) became a celebrity and gay icon at the age of 60 with the publication and televising of his 1968 memoir, The Naked Civil Servant. Unapologetically unconventional, he filled books and articles with his witticisms and opinions on popular culture, and packed theaters worldwide with his one-man show, An Evening with Quentin Crisp. This biography chronicles Crisp's life, including his birth in pre-World War I England; his life as a gay youth on the streets of London; his early attempts at writing and job-seeking; his entry into the world of modeling; and his overnight success late in life. With this definitive chronicle, Quentin Crisp and his unique worldview are once again on display.
Main Description
English writer and raconteur Quentin Crisp (1908-1999) became a celebrity and gay icon at the age of 60 with the publication and televising of his 1968 memoir, The Naked Civil Servant. Unapologetically unconventional, he filled books and articles with his witticisms and opinions on popular culture, and packed theaters worldwide with his one-man show An Evening with Quentin Crisp. This biography chronicles Crisp's life, including his birth in pre-World War I England; his life as a gay youth on the streets of London; his early attempts at writing and job-seeking; his entry into the world of modeling; and his sudden success late in life. With this definitive chronicle, Quentin Crisp and his unique worldview are once again on display.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Forewordp. 1
Prefacep. 5
Childhoodp. 7
The Teenage Yearsp. 16
Leaving Schoolp. 20
High Wycombep. 25
Leaving Homep. 27
Becoming Quentin Crispp. 31
Freelancingp. 38
The Early War Yearsp. 42
Becoming a Modelp. 48
Peace Breaks Outp. 55
Becoming the Stately Homop. 60
A Midlife Crisisp. 63
Talking About Himselfp. 71
The Naked Civil Servantp. 79
Traveling the Worldp. 89
America, Here I Come!p. 105
Becoming a Film Starp. 120
Going Out with a Bangp. 137
The Death of the Significant Quentin Crispp. 149
Afterwordp. 163
Crisperanto: The Philosophy of Quentin Crispp. 169
Tributesp. 178
Quentin's Family Treep. 197
Chapter Notesp. 199
Quentin's Booksp. 209
Books about Quentin / Web Sitesp. 211
Indexp. 213
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