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by Barry Day,Noel Coward

ISBN: 0375423036
ISBN13: 978-0375423031
Language: English
Publisher: Knopf; 3rd prt. edition (November 13, 2007)
Pages: 800
Category: Arts and Literature
Subategory: Memoris

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Rating: 4.3
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Noël Coward: The Complete Lyrics. Noël Coward: In His Own Words. Coward on Film: The Cinema of Noël Coward And running like a thread through it all, until the day she died in 1954, was his correspondence with his mother, Violet Coward, the woman whose.

Noël Coward: The Complete Lyrics. Noël Coward: Complete Sketches and Parodies. Theatrical Companion to Coward (with Sheridan Morley). Coward on Film: The Cinema of Noël Coward. Oscar Wilde: A Life in Quotes. P. G. Wodehouse: In His Own Words. And running like a thread through it all, until the day she died in 1954, was his correspondence with his mother, Violet Coward, the woman whose ambition sparked him and whose golden opinions drove him on. To her he would confide not merely the happenings but the feelings they engendered. And that, essentially, is the dimension The Letters provides.

Sir Noël Peirce Coward (16 December 1899 – 26 March 1973) was an English playwright, composer, director, actor and singer, known for his wit, flamboyance, and what Time magazine called "a sense of personal style, a combination of cheek and chic,.

Sir Noël Peirce Coward (16 December 1899 – 26 March 1973) was an English playwright, composer, director, actor and singer, known for his wit, flamboyance, and what Time magazine called "a sense of personal style, a combination of cheek and chic, pose and poise". Coward attended a dance academy in London as a child, making his professional stage début at the age of eleven

An utterly brilliant book, I knew of Noel Coward but nothing about Noel Coward.

An utterly brilliant book, I knew of Noel Coward but nothing about Noel Coward.

Start by marking The Letters Of Noel Coward as Want to Read . Barry Day's analysis is both perceptive and irresistible' Lord 'A uniquely charming and enticing journey through a remarkable life.

Start by marking The Letters Of Noel Coward as Want to Read: Want to Read savin. ant to Read. Coward's own record is made all the more delightful by the wise and helpful interpolations of Barry Day, the soundest authority on the Master that there i. Stephen Fry 'Precise, witty, remarkably observed and gloriously English' Dame Judi Dench. Barry Day's analysis is both perceptive and irresistible' Lord Richard Attenborough.

Noël Coward, who was only one of those two things, specialized in neither type in his oeuvre. Such eminent epistolarians are hardly second bananas

Noël Coward, who was only one of those two things, specialized in neither type in his oeuvre. He kept it all for his correspondence. Such eminent epistolarians are hardly second bananas. But especially important is what Barry Day does with all these letters to and from Coward: he provides copious amplifications and explanations, biographical data and background material. The result is a first-class biography right up there with those by Cole Lesley and Sheridan Morley.

Coward's earliest surviving letter was written at the age of seven to his mother: "I had some little boys over yesterday afternoon to tea and dressed up in a short dress and danced to them and sung to them

Coward's earliest surviving letter was written at the age of seven to his mother: "I had some little boys over yesterday afternoon to tea and dressed up in a short dress and danced to them and sung to them. Keep up to date using Android and iOS apps for Smartphone and Tablet.

A publishing event! The first and definitive collection of letters (most of them previously unpublished) both from and to the incomparable Noël Coward, a unique and irresistible portrait of a society and age—from the Blitz to the Ritz and beyond. The range, charm, and vitality of his talents—he was a playwright, actor, composer, librettist, lyricist, director, painter, writer, cabaret singer, wit—brought him into close encounters, and often close friendship, with the great and the gifted. He knew everybody who was anybody in the theater and in the movies, in literature and in politics, on both sides of the Atlantic. Among those at his “marvelous party”: George Bernard Shaw . . . T. E. Lawrence . . . Virginia Woolf . . . the Churchills . . . Daphne Du Maurier . . . Greta Garbo (she wrote asking him to marry her; he wrote back saying he almost accepted) . . . Ian Fleming . . . W. Somerset Maugham . . . Marlene Dietrich (he advised her, “To hell with God damned ‘L’Amour.’ It always causes far more trouble than it is worth”) . . . Tallulah Bankhead . . . Edith Sitwell . . . FDR . . . Gertrude Lawrence (in a cable about Private Lives: “Have written delightful new comedy stop good part for you stop wonderful one for me stop”), and many more. There are letters about his productions of Bitter Sweet . . . Cavalcade . . . In Which We Serve . . . Brief Encounter . . . Private Lives, etc. . . . about his activities during World War II (he was a spy for the British government along with co-conspirator Cary Grant) . . . about the move to make him a knight that was endorsed in a personal letter from King George VI and blocked by Winston Churchill. Here are letters to and from his beloved mother, Violet . . . his longtime set and costume designer, Gladys Calthrop . . . his traveling companion from the 1930s on, Lord Amherst . . . and his business manager and onetime lover, Jack Wilson, in which he reveals his “secret heart.”Profoundly savvy, witty, loving, bitchy, and often surprisingly moving, The Letters of Noël Coward gives us “Destiny’s Tot” at his crackling best. An irresistible portrait of a time, of the man himself, and of the world he lived in and enchanted.
Comments:
Skillet
I gave this edition 4 stars rather than 5 because the hardcover is much easier to read. There are typos in the Kindle version, most notoriously the reference to Private Hives ( a skin condition in an unmentionable body cavity? an account of a reclusive been keeper?) rather than Private Lives.
Noel Coward's letters themselves are fabulous,
While traveling he writes to his mother. "This is just a short line to reassure your yearning mother's heart. I am well considering that I had three operations of appendicitis yesterday--was run over by a bus on Tuesday--smitten down by peritonitis on Sunday and am going into consumption tomorrow. But you mustn't worry because apart from these things I'm all right. There are certain to be Icebergs, Hurricanes, Typhoons and Torpedoes but Douglas Fairbanks I'm sure will save me if you write him a nice letter. By the way there is a dreadfully dangerous lift in this apartment, several people are killed daily just getting in and out--and the drains are notoriously bad. Diphtheria and Typhoid are inevitable. But Don't Worry.
This collection also includes letters from Coward's correspondents so we hear all about Dietrich's disastrous affair with Yul Brenner.
And while Coward is well known for his contribution to the WWII effort (the movie "In Which We Serve" and the song "Don't Let's Be Beastly to the Germans") there is more here about his work will Bill Stephenson ("The Man Called Intrepid") Coward was not the only celebrity Brit to do a bit of spying. Ian Fleming, Leslie Howard, David Niven, Roald Dahl, Alexander and Zoltan Korda and Cary Grant joined in as well.Coward notes: "I was the perfect silly ass. Nobody. . .considered I had a sensible thought in my head and they would say all kinds of things I'd pass on to Bill. All my reports were written for him alone--nobody else. And whether anybody ever will see them or be anything but bored stiff, if they do.
Again, a hard copy would be easier to read. The typos are distracting but the bigger problem is that the speaking and the general set-up sometime make it difficult to distinguish whether one is reading Coward, one of his correspondents, or the commentary of Barry Day.
But let's not be beastly to Noel Coward. His letters are superb, highly entertaining and read by as wide an audience as possible.

Karon
This long and ambitious biography satisfies on several levels. First, it puts forward Coward's vast output in an organized and skillful way. Secondly, it gives us an accurate portrait of the genius himself, in his own words and those of an astonishing array of talents. Thirdly, the photos are extraordinary, and flesh out the story in a very personal way. I found it interesting that he was able to write so quickly, often in a matter of days dashing off a new play, or musical theme. Things formed quickly in a mind that raced almost ahead of himself at times. His musical ear picked up the cadence of conversations that illuminated his writing. I found it also interesting how he suffered at the hands of the English. Dreadfully homophobic, the English had a difficult time during this period with many of their greatest artists, rather a love/hate situation. If one goes looking for sexual tidbits about his personal life, there is little to be found in his letters. He was almost always a model of diplomacy, and even when he found it necessary to take a Mary Martin or a Vivien Leigh to task for unprofessional behavior, he did it in an instructive manner, laying at their feet decades of theatrical experience, and telling them in exact terms how he felt. One has to admire his directness, and his ability to take his losses in stride and go on to the next challenge. It is sad that he had to wait until he was 70 for a kinghthood that should have been put forward decades earlier. The Queen Mother loved artists from all walks of life, and she put it right finally. Perhaps the author could have spared us a few letters too many, but on the whole this is a book to keep and savor again and again.

Huston
A great companion to Noel Coward's many autobiographies. This book is well organized by subject. You can get a great feel for the lost art of letter writing.

Chilldweller
Content, wise, it's not much more than that. Maybe "letters" don't lend themselves to e-books. Photos certainly don't.
Beyond that, whoever or whatever "transcribed" this book to kindle is incompetent. It is shockingly badly done: misspellings, fractured French, letters out of order in words. It's as if there was no editor.
Some kindle books have a few transcribing mistakes. This one is egregious.

Goll
If ever there was a book that offered more delirious pleasure , i don't know of it!!! What a treasure trove , i am spacing it out so that i don't race through it - What a life and what letters!!!. It is a shame that computers and e mail have killed the written letter - there will be no more books like this coming down the pike.... of course i cannot think of anyone who even remotely resembles Noel Coward either . so maybe the golden age is past..... if anyone wishes to correct me , feel free - i would be eager to change my mind if there were evidence.....

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