The Letters of Noel Coward by Noel Coward
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Lavishly illustrated and annotated, this first and definitive collection of letters to and from Coward provides a divine portrait of an age, from the Blitz to the Ritz and beyond.

The incomparable Noël Coward loved to correspond with friends, enemies, the famous and infamous, the talented and the powerful, including Virginia Woolf, Winston Churchill, Greta Garbo, Laurence Olivier, Katharine Hepburn, Marlene Dietrich, Lawrence of Arabia, Somerset Maugham, and many more. Granted unlimited access to the Coward archive, Barry Day presents many never-published letters and has unearthed new, startling evidence of Coward's wartime work as a spy. Along with 191 rare photographs, these letters bring to life the people and events that shaped the twentieth century—and a remarkable man who made his own indelible mark at the heart of it.


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About Noel Coward

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Barry Day is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) and a trustee of the Noël Coward Foundation. In addition to his seven previous books on Noël Coward, he has written about Dorothy Parker, Oscar Wilde, Johnny Mercer, and Rodgers & Hart. Day was awarded the OBE (Order of the British Empire) "for services to British culture in the United States."
 
Published December 27, 2008 by Vintage. 800 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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In addition to Noël Coward’s prodigious correspondence, this volume is full of amplifications and explanations, biographical data and background material — and a lot of juicy gossip.

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A review on Nov. 25 about “The Letters of Noël Coward,” edited by Barry Day, misstated the British military branch that issued the serial number 338171 to Lawrence of Arabia, one of Coward’s correspondents, who liked to use it to preface his own letters. It was the Royal Air Force, not the army.

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This book is a transporting epistolary portrait of great range and agility.

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In addition to Noël Coward’s prodigious correspondence, this volume is full of amplifications and explanations, biographical data and background material — and a lot of juicy gossip.

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Deseret News

And I can just hear you saying — 'Well, darling, that's up to you.'" When, during World War II, Coward wrote a satirical song called "Don't Let's Be Beastly to the Germans," he was criticized in many quarters.

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The New York Review of Books

and yet to those who know Coward’s life and work well, the amused and amusing persona that he perfected in the 1920s, when he first became famous, was just part of the story—“a nice façade to sit behind,” as Coward wrote of a character based on Somerset Maugham in his 1935 play Point Valaine, “bu...

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