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The Stately Homo: A Celebration of the Life of Quentin Crisp.

The Stately Homo: A Celebration of the Life of Quentin Crisp * Edited by Paul Bailey * Bantam * $22.95

If you came out during the past 20--or even 30--years, there's no way you can really appreciate the primal fierceness of Denis Charles Pratt, who back in 1931 gave himself the glamorous name of Quentin Crisp and began tooling around London in full makeup.

This uncommonly handsome essay collection, edited by a novelist who was one of Crisp's life-long friends, offers reminiscences from sources as diverse as out British TV star Julian Clary and actor John Hurt, who played Crisp to dazzling effect in the 1975 film adaptation of Crisp's memoir The Naked Civil Servant.
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Title Annotation:Review
Author:Stockwell, Anne
Publication:The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Feb 13, 2001
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