Resident Alien: The New York Diaries

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Alyson Books, 1997 - Biography & Autobiography - 225 pages
Based on his diaries in the New York Native, this latest effort is vintage Crisp; at once witty and profound, passionate, outrageous and wise. His affecting words from politics to prejudice, from resilient human spirit individual obstacles he faces everyday.

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RESIDENT ALIEN: The New York Diaries

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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

Resident Alien: The New York Diaries (Penguin Audiobooks)

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Americans first met Crisp in the 1976 documentary based on his autobiography, The Naked Civil Servant. In 1979, proving his theory of the "survival of the glibbest," he began to tour America in his ... Read full review


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

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About the author (1997)

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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