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A Talent To Amuse: A Biography Of Noël Coward

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Noel Coward (1899-1973), playwright and actor, personified an elegant, witty and faintly outrageous way of life between the wars. He first achieved fame starring in his own play "The Vortex" in 1924, which he followed with "Hay Fever"(1925) and "Private Lives" (1930). A patriotic vein evident in his stage extravaganza "Cavalcade" (1931) came into its own with the wartime f ...more
Paperback, 447 pages
Published 1975 by Penguin Books (first published 1969)
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Evan
Four years ago I bought a first edition of Noel Coward's second autobiography, Future Indefinite (1954), for $2 at a charity book sale. Later, at home, I opened it and saw written in great flourish across the title page an authentic inked signature by Noel Coward. I was thrilled to say the least, but the clash of desires between possessing such a treasure and selling it for much-need funds eventually led to its being sold for $85 to a London theater director who was staging a Coward play and had ...more
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I love this man and I would sell my soul to the devil for a quarter of his wit and talent.
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Dec 20, 2015 rated it liked it
Although this book gave many accurate details of the various productions in which Noel Coward was involved - either as writer, actor, director, and composer, I'm afraid it did not give me much insight into Noel Coward's character. The book was well-written, but it did not interest me greatly and displayed little of the wit Noel Coward always infused into his own writing.
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Sheridan A. Morley
“If by any chance a playwright wishes to express a political opinion or a moral opinion or a philosophy, he must be a good enough craftsman to do it with so much spice of entertainment in it that the public get the message without being aware of it.” 16 likes
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