01/07/1998 at 12:00 AM EST

Quentin Crisp, 90, the eccentric writer, performer and raconteur best-known for his 1968 autobiography "The Naked Civil Servant," Sunday, in Manchester, England. Ironically, only the day before The London Times quoted him outlining his wishes for a funeral. "No flowers. No candles. No long faces standing around in the rain, starting down into a hole in the ground while someone drones on about how wonderful I was," he said. "Just drop me into one of those black plastic bags and leave me by the trash can."

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