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Genius and Lust: The Creative and Sexual Lives of Noel Coward and Cole Porter
The private lives of Cole Porter and Noel Coward are as fascinating and as revealing about social mores as their public careers were glittering and defining of popular entertainment. This book combines revealing biographical portraits of Porter and Coward with an absorbing account of the homosexual world that shaped their creative work. Illustrations.
Hardcover, 276 pages
Published September 1st 1995 by Carroll & Graf Publishers
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Most celebrity bios have a void at the center. Divorced from their creative focus, the lives of the famous can seem to have been about little beyond egotism and self-aggrandizement, but the introduction to “Genius & Lust: The Creative and Sexual Lives of Cole Porter and Noel Coward” begins by enumerating psychologist Howard Gardener’s categories of cognitive synthesis. There follows a complaint about the dearth of research into the link between homosexuality and creativity, something the aut ...more