Sex and Mary Whitehouse
And to Quentin Crisp himself, of course. What a satisfactory life his must seem now. From early prolonged disgrace, he has grown, as is his proud boast, into one of ‘the stately homos of England’ and has watched the culture grow too, in his direction, so that gaiety, colour, originality have become valued in a man instead of despised. And to think too how many ex-colonial governors, retired generals, and remaindered judges and statesmen and commissioners of police must have sat biting their knuckles in fury as The Naked Civil Servant unreeled. Once in palmier days they might have anticipated that one day a grateful nation would be bestowing on them the kind of affectionate, graceful tributes that they now saw being lavished on this frightful pansy. Changed, utterly changed. For them now the long years of neglect and debilitation in Surrey or Wilts, the slow descent into the unlauded grave. And for Quentin Crisp at last a place in the sun. A lovely transformation. Pure Christmas.
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Notes and References
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