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The Last Word: An Autobiography Paperback – November 7, 2017
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About the Author
Quentin Crisp (Dec 25, 1908 - Nov 21, 1999) was an English-born writer, actor, eccentric and raconteur. He became famous from the publication of his 1968 autobiography The Naked Civil Servant, which chronicled the oppression he faced as a homosexual in England before, during and after World War II, when being gay was illegal, as well as his careers as a book designer, prostitute and artist’s model. The Naked Civil Servant later became an award-winning film starring John Hurt. Crisp performed a one-man show, An Evening With Quentin Crisp, which he toured nationally and internationally and which won an L.A. Drama Critic’s Circle award. Crisp moved to New York at the age of 72 where he wrote books on style, culture and manners, appeared in numerous films and published a second autobiography, How To Become A Virgin. He was the inspiration for Sting’s hit song An Englishman In New York. The Last Word is the third and final installment of his autobiography.
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This profound confession is from the book’s first chapter “Sex, Sexuality and Identity.” It’s a serious analysis of his troubled English childhood, being a male prostitute in his youth and the impact of his sexuality on his existence. It’s all rendered with depth, insight and flashes of his patented humor.
Unlike Crisp’s previous memoirs The Naked Civil Servant (1968), which The Times Literary Supplement derided for its “jaunty style,” and How to Become a Virgin (1981), The Last Word was technically not written by him.
When he was in his 80’s, due to infirmity he was unable to write by hand. His close friend and executer Phillip Ward conducted and recorded a series of in-depth interviews with him as he approached and reached 90. Mr. Ward, who provides the informative afterward and Laurence Watts who wrote the explanatory foreword have supremely edited these transcripts into 206 pages that are organized as seventeen chapters.
These vividly transmit that distinctive voice and sensibility that Crisp’s admirers continue to cherish. His aficionados will want to keep a pen handy while reading The Last Word to underline the many choice bits.
“Generally however, I expect the twenty-first century to be nastier than the twentieth.” The nastiness of this era is lessened by the joy in experiencing a new work by this inspiring iconoclast.