New York: Macmillan Publishing Company, 1989. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher's black cloth over ivory paper-covered boards, spine gilt, original illustrated dust jacket.
"What we now endure is not so much an age of permissiveness as one of outspokenness": raconteur and gay icon (and iconoclast) Crisp's commonplace book on gay life, compiling quotes by figures such as Oscar Wilde, Rita Mae Brown, Gore Vidal, Boy George, Joan Rivers, Rock Hudson, Divine and many others, and arranged by subject ("Coming Out," "Employment and Money," "Gender," "Homophobia," "Love and Marriage," etc.). Born in 1908, Crisp subsisted as a cross-dressing rent-boy in WWII London, before going on to work as an artist's model. His landmark memoir The Naked Civil Servant was published in 1968, and later filmed for television, following which Crisp developed a touring one-man show. He relocated to New York in the 80s and worked in film and television, most notably starring as Queen Elizabeth I in Sally Potter's Orlando (1992). He was nevertheless a controversial figure in the gay community, denigrating the gay rights movement, making caustic remarks about the AIDS epidemic, and disparaging Princess Diana. A common thread of these assaults appears to have been the ever socially-minded and essentially genteel Crisp's intolerance for what he perceived as the unpardonable sin of vulgarity. With an index of subjects and one of authors and sources. First printing, with complete number row. Dust jacket unclipped. Fine. Item #174