Coward In an Hour

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Noel Coward was a child when he saw an advertisement in the Daily Mirror calling on "a talented boy of attractive appearance" to act a lead role in a play about fairies called The Goldfish. Coward reasoned: I am "a talented boy, God knows, and, when washed and smarmed down a bit, passably attractive." The plays director, the young boy thought, would be a fool indeed to miss the magnificent opportunity of having him in the cast. He ran to his room to put his acting clothes on and prepare for the audition—and with ...

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Noel Coward was a child when he saw an advertisement in the Daily Mirror calling on "a talented boy of attractive appearance" to act a lead role in a play about fairies called The Goldfish. Coward reasoned: I am "a talented boy, God knows, and, when washed and smarmed down a bit, passably attractive." The plays director, the young boy thought, would be a fool indeed to miss the magnificent opportunity of having him in the cast. He ran to his room to put his acting clothes on and prepare for the audition—and with that same blithe spirit, Coward went on to write some of the funniest, wittiest plays of the twentieth century.

Setting the playwright in context to his personal life, social, historical and political events, other writers of influence, and more, you will quickly gain a deep understanding of Coward and the plays he wrote. Read Coward in an Hour and experience his plays like never before. Know the playwright, love the play!

The book features:

• Coward in an Hour, the main essay of the book

• Coward In a Minute, a snapshot chronology

• A complete listing of Coward's work

• A list of Coward's contemporaries in all fields

• Excerpts from Coward's significant works

• An extensive bibliography grouped according to type of reader

• An index of the main essay.

Playwrights in an Hour is a series devoted to the most produced and studied playwrights in the English language, from the Greek masters to contemporary writers, and written by leading authorities in the field. Each short book places the playwright and his or her work in historical, social, andliterary context.

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Editorial Reviews

American Theatre Magazine
[Playwrights in an Hour Series is] a kind of Great Playwrights for Dummies series ...they are brisk and lively
Examiner.com
[Playwrights in an Hour Series is] a quick and easy alternative to Wikipedia ...
LA Times Online
Is there a more trustworthy source [than Wikipedia] that can offer a quick fix of theatrical knowledge? The publishing house Smith & Kraus perhaps has the answer... ? a kind of Red Bull for theater buffs ...
Midwest Book Review
[Playwrights in an Hour Series is]...remarkable....outstanding, yet inexpensive, and thoroughly 'reader frendly', making it a strongly recommended supplement for academic curriculums, community theater groups, and public library collections.
Stage Directions
These 27 [of the Playwrights in an Hour Series] books should be especially welcomed by actors and directors.
The Dartmouth
[Playwrights in an Hour Series is] a succinct crash course on the lives of 27 influential dramatists throughout history ...
Washington Post
... each book [of the Playwrights in an Hour Series] contains a wealth of information ... that will get any novice out of a date jam or provide a veteran playgoer with fresh insights on an old favorite... . The series delivers succinctness with depth.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781936232109
  • Publisher: Smith & Kraus, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2010
  • Series: Playwrights in an Hour
  • Pages: 112
  • Product dimensions: 4.60 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Howard Kissel was a theater critic for thirty-five years, first for Women's Wear Daily, then the New York Daily News. His writing on the arts has appeared in many publications, including the Wall Street Journal, Vogue and Opera News. In 1974 he was on the panel to select the Pulitzer Prize in Drama. He is the only person to have been chairman of both the New York Drama Critics Circle and the New York Film Critics Circle. He is the author of books on the Broadway producer David Merrick, the musical theater and the teaching of Stella Adler. In 1980 he played Woody Allen's manager in Stardust Memories. He will appear on a forthcoming record of poems, many hitherto unpublished, by Noël Coward.

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