Resident Alien: The New York Diaries

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Flamingo, 1997 - Authors, English - 225 pages

The magnificently witty diaries of ‘one of the great stately homos of England’, covering his recent years in New York City – a transatlantic Alan Bennett.

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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


Introduction Donald Carroll i
can no longer indulge in orgies of sloth
summer It would be less depressing to be alcoholic

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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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