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Noel Coward: The Complete Illustrated Lyrics
Get out your tuxedos and evening gowns and chill the champagne -- it's the 100th anniversary of the birth of the coolly sophisticated, always elegant Noel Coward!
Hardcover, 367 pages
Published November 1st 1998 by The Overlook Press
(first published May 15th 1965)
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This is not in the same series as the complete lyrics of Cole Porter, Lorenz Hart, Johnny Mercer etc. but the idea and the format is the same, in fact there the editor goes into more detail about each song and Cowards life at the than in the volumes published by Knopf. I like Coward, I wouldn't have read the whole of this oversized book if I didn't but not as much as his American contemporaries: Mercer, Berlin, Porter, Hart, Gershwin. I had also only come across a small fraction of the songs who ...more
Noel Coward's lyrics are not as witty as Cole Porter, but then again Noel I think is more straight (no pun intended) forward in his intentions and sense of romance. When I first got this book, I didn't like it. One, because I was (and still am) a huge Porter fan. But then I heard a collection of Noel songs - and it was then and there that I became a fan of his lyrics. They're very tender and very British - meaning that the feelings are very underhanded. In a strange way, Coward is a very much of ...more
Sir Noël Peirce Coward was an English actor, playwright and composer of popular music. Among his achievements, he received an Academy Certificate of Merit at the 1943 Academy Awards for "outstanding production achievement for In Which We Serve."More about Noël Coward...