Quentin Crisp (born Denis Charles Pratt, 25 December 1908 – 21 November 1999), was an English writer and raconteur.

From a conventional suburban background, Crisp grew up with effeminate tendencies, which he flaunted by parading the streets in make-up and painted nails, and working as a rent-boy. He then spent thirty years as a professional model for life-classes in art colleges, which he said was like being a naked civil servant. His agent suggested that this should be the title of his memoirs, which appeared in 1968. The interviews he gave about his unusual life attracted increasing public curiosity, and he was soon sought-after for his highly individual views on social manners and the cultivating of style. His one-man show was a long-running hit, both in England and America, and he also appeared in films and on TV.

As a high-profile gay person, Crisp defied convention by criticising both Gay Liberation and Diana, Princess of Wales.

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Sex is the last refuge of the miserable.
Quentin Crisp (b. 1908), British author. The Naked Civil Servant, ch. 8 (1968).
In an expanding universe, time is on the side of the outcast. Those who once inhabited the suburbs of human contempt find that without changing their address they eventually live in the metropolis.
Quentin Crisp (b. 1908), British author. The Naked Civil Servant, ch. 1 (1968).
To know all is not to forgive all. It is to despise everybody.
Quentin Crisp (b. 1908), British author. The Naked Civil Servant, ch. 11 (1968).

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