Quentin Crisp was born on Christmas Day 1908 in Sutton, a suburb of London. After leaving school he became an illustrator and a designer of book covers before spending the next 35 years of his life as an artists' model. In 1981 he moved to New York City and became a resident alien, living in a one bedroom flat in Chelsea which he famously never cleaned ("After the first four years the dirt doesn't get any worse"), and describing himself as a "resident waif". He died in 1999, just one month short of his 91st birthday.
In a world where flamboyance and fleeting fame have become everyday, one figure is still surpassed in the profession of being- Quentin Crisp, the original celebrity and self- proclaimed ‘stately homo of Britain’.
After half a century of metropolitan infamy, Quentin Crisp graduated to international fame when his widely acclaimed autobiography The Naked Civil Servant made him a household name, even in respectable households. In this second volume of autobiography, Quentin Crisp describes the wider horizons of his years as a celebrity at home and aborad, and explains his personal philosophy of inaction, as well as his love affair with North America. How to Become a Virgin is a witty, acute and perceptive as its inimitable author.
The magnificently witty diaries of `one of the great stately homos of England', covering his recent years in New York City - a transatlantic Alan Bennett. The diaries of Quentin Crisp, a well-known homosexual, giving his views on politics, prejudice and human nature.
A new edition of this 'Tour-de force' (Time Out) based on the life of Quentin Crisp - revived for the Edinburgh Festival with drag artist Bette Bourne giving his 'masterclass in mirth' (Variety) A sell-out sensation when first presented in London and New York, Resident Alien is revived for the Edinburgh Festival this summer and for Christmas at the Drill Hall, London, as well as gigs in Seattle USA (July 2001) and the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Festival (February 2002)