From Naked Civil Servant To Controversial Gay Icon

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Words by Laurence
Photography by Ross B. Lewis

This month marks twenty years since the passing of Quentin Crisp, one of the most colorful, complex, and controversial gay writers of the twentieth century. Born in 1908 in Surrey, England, he was named Dennis Pratt at birth. It was a name that was tailor-made for a person who would blend into the grayest of backgrounds. But Dennis turned out to be a show-off. And the show-off eventually turned into one of the modern era’s most colorful characters.

Perhaps in the hope of tamping down his slowly-maturing individuality, he would be subjected to a boarding school education (not exactly known for its tolerance). After, he would take a journalism course at King’s College. …

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