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The Noel Coward Diaries

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When Noel Coward died in 1973, he was old as the century, and its most renowned dramatist, director and star. He left behind him over fifty plays, twenty-five films, hundreds of songs, two autobiographies, a novel, several volumes of short stories and countless poems, sketches, recordings and paintings, not to mention the memories of three generations of playgoers for whom so long he had set the style on and off the stage.
Fortunately he also left diaries chronicling the last thirty years of his life. These are the years from 1940, when he was starting out on the war-time troop concert tours that were to give him a whole new career as a cabaret entertainer, through the private and professional depression of the early 1950s, when his beloved England seemed to turn almost wholeheartedly against him and his work, to the 1960s when he returned in triumph to receive his knighthood.
Noel Coward's amazing zest and versatility are revealed in the scope of the diaries. The content is theatrical, social, political and historical on both sides of the Atlantic; the impressive cast of characters ranges from Churchill and Mountbatten through Oliver and Vivien Leigh to Marilyn Monroe, Harold Pinter and the Beatles. Through the clipped, waspish, often self-mocking tones of the diaries, which were in effect a series of letters from Noel to his own inner self, comes a marvellously funny, touching and revealing account of three decades in the life of the greatest theatrical entertainer of the century.


Pages are in fine condition, board is in fine condition, dust jacket is in very good condition with minimal wear and tear.

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Author(s):
Edited by Graham Payn, Sheridan Morley
Condition:
Fine
Edition:
First Edition 1982
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0297781421
ISBN-13:
9780297781424
Number of pages:
698
Publisher:
Weidenfeld and Nicolson
Title:
The Noel Coward Diaries

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When Noel Coward died in 1973, he was old as the century, and its most renowned dramatist, director and star. He left behind him over fifty plays, twenty-five films, hundreds of songs, two autobiographies, a novel, several volumes of short stories and countless poems, sketches, recordings and paintings, not to mention the memories of three generations of playgoers for whom so long he had set the style on and off the stage.
Fortunately he also left diaries chronicling the last thirty years of his life. These are the years from 1940, when he was starting out on the war-time troop concert tours that were to give him a whole new career as a cabaret entertainer, through the private and professional depression of the early 1950s, when his beloved England seemed to turn almost wholeheartedly against him and his work, to the 1960s when he returned in triumph to receive his knighthood.
Noel Coward's amazing zest and versatility are revealed in the scope of the diaries. The content is theatrical, social, political and historical on both sides of the Atlantic; the impressive cast of characters ranges from Churchill and Mountbatten through Oliver and Vivien Leigh to Marilyn Monroe, Harold Pinter and the Beatles. Through the clipped, waspish, often self-mocking tones of the diaries, which were in effect a series of letters from Noel to his own inner self, comes a marvellously funny, touching and revealing account of three decades in the life of the greatest theatrical entertainer of the century.


Pages are in fine condition, board is in fine condition, dust jacket is in very good condition with minimal wear and tear.

Author(s):
Edited by Graham Payn, Sheridan Morley
Condition:
Fine
Edition:
First Edition 1982
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0297781421
ISBN-13:
9780297781424
Number of pages:
698
Publisher:
Weidenfeld and Nicolson
Title:
The Noel Coward Diaries

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