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Noël Coward said, “The only thing that really saddens me over my demise is that I shall not be here to read the nonsense that will be written about me and my works and my motives . . . There will be lists of apocryphal jokes I never made and gleeful misquotations of words I never said. What a pity I shan’t be here to enjoy them!”

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Hardcover, 624 pages
Published October 12th 2010 by Knopf
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Marilou
Apr 01, 2011 Marilou rated it it was amazing
I have loved him from the time I saw the film version of "Design for Living" when I was a kid. But actually reading the tons of stuff he wrote -- plays, stories, diary entries, lyrics -- is a revelation. Especially wild is an autobiographical short story that he wrote in the 50s that feels so completely contemporary in its honest gay sensibility. I was once asked what person, living or dead, would I want to have dinner with and his was the first name that popped in my head. I stick with that ans ...more
Michael Brown
Mar 17, 2014 Michael Brown rated it really liked it
Have watched Noel Coward in old movies for years. Some he was just an actor but others he was the writer of the screenplay or helped adapt it from his original work. His humor and satire is outstanding but sometimes the English bias dates a story too much. Some of the bits are just dated by the plots or characters but most are OK.
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Jun 29, 2012 Sharon rated it it was amazing
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I thoroughly enjoyed this inventive approach. I suppose it is sort of a biography, but instead of the author distilling events in his own words, he lets Mr. Coward "The Master" speak for himself - through lyrics, excerpts from plays, stories, novels, and letters. The author obviously admires the man, and this view shines though every page.
Daniel
Sep 18, 2014 Daniel rated it really liked it
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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."
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