Masquerade: The Lives of Noël Coward

Literary Biography & Memoir
Hardback Published on: 16/03/2023
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The voice, the dressing-gown, the cigarette in its holder, remain unmistakable. There is rarely a week when one of Private Lives, Hay Fever, and Blithe Spirit is not in production somewhere in the world. Phrases from Noel Coward's songs - Mad About The Boy, Mad Dogs and Englishman - are forever lodged in the public consciousness. He was at one point the most highly paid author in the world. Yet some of his most striking and daring writing remains unfamiliar. As T.S. Eliot said, in 1954: 'There are things you can learn from Noel Coward that you won't learn from Shakespeare.' Coward wrote some fifty plays and nine musicals, as well as revues, screenplays, short stories, poetry, and a novel. He was both composer and lyricist for approximately 675 songs. Louis Mountbatten's famous tribute argued that, while there were greater comedians, novelists, composers, painters and so on, only the master had combined fourteen talents in one.

  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
  • ISBN: 9781474612807
  • Number of pages: 656
  • Weight: 960g
  • Dimensions: 240 x 164 x 56 mm

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A towering literary achievement
A faithful account of Coward's life that studiously avoids innuendo and speculation by rooting itself in the source material, and which solves some of the ... READ MORE
Fraser McGowan