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The Stately Homo: A Celebration of the Life of Quentin Crisp


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ISBN 10: 0593046773 / ISBN 13: 9780593046777
Published by Transworld Pub/Bantam Press, United Kingdom, 2000
New Condition: New Hardcover
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New. Edited by Paul Bailey. Some minor wear to dj, particularly on top. A little indentation in dj on front middle by spine, can be seen on front board, but barely. Presumed first edition, number line is complete. Bookseller Inventory # 000938

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Title: The Stately Homo: A Celebration of the Life ...

Publisher: Transworld Pub/Bantam Press, United Kingdom

Publication Date: 2000

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: presumed first edition

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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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"You are a male personage, I presume?" sneered the magistrate trying Quentin Crisp for soliciting. Crisp successfully defended himself by arguing that if he had wanted to engage in clandestine sex, he would hardly have set out to make himself so conspicuous. In his clumsy fashion, the magistrate had stumbled on the key to this extraordinary individual. Born Dennis Pratt into an impoverished English family, he wanted to be something different--and he transformed himself into Quentin Crisp, the urbanely witty, exhibitionistic, ever-charming raconteur. In "The Stately Homo," his various careers--as a performer, writer, and authority on style and etiquette--are examined 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.

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