Writes of Passage: Quentin Crisp

By: Rick Andreoli

In "Writes of Passage," we have asked gay people to send letters to their younger gay selves. This entry, by the now-deceased English writer and raconteur Quentin Crisp, was contributed by author Michael Thomas Ford.

Ford explains, "I had been asked to edit a book about the coming out stories of well-known queer people. This was the response I received from Quentin after writing to him to see if he would be willing to contribute."

While the book never saw the light of day, Ford kept the letter and framed it. As you'll from the image and text below, it's very much in Crisp's sharp style.

Image: © Trevor Leighton / National Portrait Gallery, London

Quentin crisp letter
I fear, dear Mr. Ford, that you have chosen the wrong person. My advice is NEVER tell your parents anything. They are not your friends. They hate one another and they hate you. Go it alone. You will survive if you believe in yourself.

Quentin Crisp

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Read more letters in our National Coming Out Day section on Gay.com.