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The Naked Civil Servant by Quentin Crisp - signed copy

The Naked Civil Servant by Quentin Crisp - signed copy

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The book began as a 1964 radio interview with Crisp conducted by his friend and fellow eccentric Philip O'Connor.

A managing director at Jonathan Cape heard the interview and commissioned the publication. Having sold only 3,500 copies when first released, the book became a success when it was republished following the television movie broadcast.[1]

The book contains many anecdotes about Crisp's life from childhood to middle age, including troubles he faced by refusing to hide his homosexuality and flamboyant lifestyle during a time when such behaviour was criminalized in the United Kingdom. Crisp also recalls his various jobs including book designer, nude model, and prostitute.[1]

The title derives from Crisp's quip about being an art model; employed by art colleges, models are ultimately paid by the Department for Education. They are essentially civil employeeswho are naked during office hours.

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The book is in used but signed.


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