After the author's 'extraordinary and engaging' autobiography "The Naked Civil Servant", this volume was written in the conviction that with the increasing amounts of leisure available, neither scholarship nor hobbies were required, but rather 'expertise that can be flaunted in the process of living'. Having attained self-knowledge, we must also learn self-projection (and as an expert in both, he was uniquely qualified to present this thesis).
Quentin Crisp (born Denis Charles Pratt; 1908–1999) was a flamboyant English writer and raconteur, whose life was, to say the least, unconventional. A rent-boy in his teens, and a professional model for life-classes for 30 years, he was often asked for his highly individual views on social manner and the cultivation of style. His one-man stage show was a long-running hit, and his writings included some of the earliest 'self-help' books of the latter 20th century.
Our book is in excellent condition, with a good dust jacket, unclipped, and showing only slight signs of wear, consistent with its age. The book itself is bound in green cloth with bright gilt titles on the spine. The author's signature and dedication 'To Patrick' are on the front fep in bold black biro. Inside, the binding is tight, and all pages are bright and clean. A very nice copy.