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"As soon as I stepped out of my mother's womb...I realized that I had made a mistake", Quentin Crisp declares, giving a small hint of the witty and wry approach he takes toward the life he describes with uninhibited exuberance in this classic autobiography, which is both a comic masterpiece and a unique testament to the resilience of the human spirit. Crisp not only came out as a gay man in 1931, when the slightest sign of homosexuality shocked public sensibilities, but he did so with grand and provocative flamboyance, determined to spread the message that homosexuality did not exclude him or anyone else from the human race. His hilarious descriptions of encounters with parents, friends, employers, soldiers and sailors, and the law reveal the strength and humor of an honest man, determined to face the world with the uncensored, unapologetic truth about himself.

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ISBN:
9780141180533
Preface:
Holroyd, Michael
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Preface by:
Holroyd, Michael
Preface:
Holroyd, Michael
Author:
Crisp, Quentin
Author:
Holroyd, Michael
Location:
New York, N.Y. :
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Specific Groups - Male Gay Studies
Subject:
Gay men
Subject:
Crisp, quentin, 1908-1999
Subject:
Gay men -- England -- London -- Biography.
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
Biography-Literary
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Revised
Series:
Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics
Publication Date:
19970531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
7.68x5.01x.61 in. .39 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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