Tim Fountain met Quentin Crisp for the first time in 1999 to interview him and to seek permission to construct a one-man show, Resident Alien, based on Quentin's works. This was a contractual agreement between Quentin Crisp and Mr. Fountain via the Clausen, Mays & Tahan Literary Agency.

Resident Alien showcased Bette Bourne portraying Quentin Crisp in his room at the rooming house, The Eastwick, located in Manhattan's East Village: 46 East 3rd Street. The play imagines Quentin Crisp in his East Village flat on a recent day not long before his death, and is a "view of the man behind the mascara revealed through ruminations on life, love and the twentieth century”. The show made it's world premiere in London in 2000, with a limited run at the New York Theatre Workshop during January and February 2001.

In 2002, Mr. Fountain published Outlines: Quentin Crisp, the first Quentin Crisp biography, and is a story or a portrait of what Fountain calls a "great, glittering contradiction”. It examines the short period of time Mr. Fountain knew Mr. Crisp and speculates on why Quentin Crisp decided to visit England to tour his one-man show at age 90. Fountain also comments on Mr. Crisp's "significant death" in Manchester on November 21, 1999, one day before launching his performances there, and he purports that Quentin Crisp visited England to commit suicide.

Mr. Fountain continues to perpetuate this audacious stance in a recent article published in The Daily Mail on January 22, 2009. It is a ludicrous and outrageous charge to make and needs to be quelled and pushed aside from and out of the life history of Quentin Crisp. I composed a retort to Tim's accusations and sent it to The Daily Mail. They have not published the article.

Click below to read Fountain's far-fetched article, then read my article in response to his atrocious position "on the significant death of Quentin Crisp" and to set the record straight.

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