Resident Alien: The New York Diaries

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Alyson Books, 1998 - Biography & Autobiography - 225 pages
Quentin Crisp, long famous as "one of the great stately homos of England," exiled himself to America in 1982 after he discovered that in New York "happiness rains down from the sky." Resident Alien is the often bitingly, amusing account of his love affair with the Big Apple. His affecting words cover topics from politics to prejudice, from the human spirit to the individual obstacles he faces every day in his solitary life. The spirit of his adopted city is captured as.

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Placidly whimsical observations by the ever-charming Crisp (Manners from Heaven, 1985, etc.) on his occasion-filled life as ``a free-loader, a dilettante, a butterfly on the wheel.'' Crisp writes ... Read full review

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"I explained that I have not been only dressing in the same way for the past fifty years, but am still wearing the actual garments that kind friends gave me all that time ago.... In spite of this ... Read full review

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About the author (1998)

Quentin Crisp was born on December 25, 1908 and attended school in Derbyshire. Following an unsuccessful attempt to become an illustrator and a designer of book covers, Crisp tried freelance writing on a variety of subjects, including window dressing and the Ministry of Labour. Crisp's most popular book was his autobiography, The Naked Civil Servant, which deals openly with the subject of his homosexuality. The book ultimately became a television play that has been broadcast in England, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and the U.S. Other Crisp books include How to Have a Life-Style, Manners from Heaven, and The Wit and Wisdom of Quentin Crisp. He made his off-Broadway debut with An Evening with Quentin Crisp in 1978. He has also appeared in a variety of movies, including The Bride and Fatal Attraction, and in a video with the rock star, Sting.

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