QUENTIN CRISP once paid me the grand, pontifical compliment that I was "his representative here on earth." This referred to my having played him in the film of his autobiography, The Naked Civil Servant. At the time, Quentin was untraveled and 60 years old. He referred to the latter part of his expected life as "the twilight of my life." I suggested that "sunset" would be a more accurate description. He lived to be 90, and the soft light of his sunset enriched the lives of many people.

When I first met Quentin, he declared, "I don't believe in abroad--I think...

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