Genius and Lust: The Creative and Sexual Lives of Noel Coward and Cole Porter

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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. They were gay in the truest sense, not just in their sexuality. We still marvel at their creative accomplishments. They led dazzling lives on both sides of the Atlantic: the stages of New York and London, the studios of Hollywood and the mansions of Beverly Hills, and the cafe society playgrounds of Paris, Venice and the Riviera. ...
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Overview

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. They were gay in the truest sense, not just in their sexuality. We still marvel at their creative accomplishments. They led dazzling lives on both sides of the Atlantic: the stages of New York and London, the studios of Hollywood and the mansions of Beverly Hills, and the cafe society playgrounds of Paris, Venice and the Riviera. They were famous and rich. They set fashion and the rules of sophisticated love. And they did all this for over half a century while keeping their homosexuality a secret. Although their astonishing output was deeply influenced by their sexuality, they feared exposure and went to tragic lengths to hide their true identities. This new book, like the men it so honestly portrays, has a dual purpose. It combines revealing biographical portraits of Porter and Coward with an absorbing account of the homosexual world that shaped their creative work. Joseph Morella and George Mazzei take a fresh approach to lives that remain unendingly interesting. Extensive new interviews with still-living friends, lovers and colleagues highlight this new look at our theatrical culture, and this book treats frankly the lovers of the two men and the parts they played in the artists' lives. This dual biography also shows how sexual scandals have ruined stars throughout show business history - and that surprisingly little has really changed in the public perception of homosexuals since the days of Noel and Cole.
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Jack Helbig
This breezy dual biography of two of this century's most gifted theater artists will disappoint those hoping for 261 pages of tabloid-style muck-wallowing. Despite an overheated introduction that discusses, a bit shamelessly, Porter's and Coward's sexual habits (Coward liked "urbane young men," Porter preferred rougher trade), the book provides a remarkably open, mature, gay-positive reading of their lives that redeems what is otherwise just another recitation of two well-known careers. How wonderful to see Noel and Cole discussed as full, living, desiring human beings and not as immensely clever but essentially sexless creatures. Still, Morella and Mazzei skimp Porter, spilling so much ink about Coward that you might forget the book isn't exclusively about the Brit with the "talent to amuse," and they could have used better editing, for although much of the prose has the absorbing, breathless quality of good journalism, certain sections of the book are repetitious and overwritten.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786702374
  • Publisher: Avalon Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/1/1995
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.46 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.13 (d)

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