Quentin Crisp's autobiography caused a great stir when it first appeared in 1968, dealing as it does with the difficulties of being a frank homosexual at a time when this had only just been legalised. The author was famous for his eccentric appearance and waspish wit, and this is a seminal book from a time of great social change.
Quentin Crisp (1908-1999) - born Denis Charles Pratt - was an English writer and raconteur. From a conventional suburban background he emerged with feminine tendencies such as make-up & painted nails, and worked as a rent-boy. He then spent thirty years as a professional model for life-classes in art colleges. Interviews about his unusual life attracted increasing interest and he was soon sought after for his highly individual views on social manners and the cultivation of style. His one-man stage show was a long-running hit both in England and America, and he also appeared in films and on TV. Crisp defied convention by criticising both gay liberation and Diana, Princess of Wales. His most famous dictum is that after 4 years, there is no need to dust, as it never looks any worse - much quoted by reluctant housewives!
The book is in good condition, bound in purple cloth with title, author & publisher details in silver on the spine. The bottom front corner is quite badly bumped, the others less so, but there is almost no shelf wear otherwise. The unclipped dust-jacket is rather battered round the edges, and has one 4 cm tear at the back spine angle. It is browned at the edges and rather grubby generally. Within, the front endpaper is rather tanned, and there is some staining to the free long edges of the first 9 pages, but otherwise the binding is firm (a slight weakness at pp 160-61), with no loose pages, and the text is clean and unmarked throughout. The free front endpaper is inscribed 'For Miss Chapman from Quentin Crisp' in blue biro.