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Semi-Monde
     

Semi-Monde

by Noël Coward
 

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The first single edition of Noël Coward's most controversial play.

"Only in Semi-Monde does Coward find a successful metaphor for the sexual complications that lie behind his posturing. Semi-Monde is easily the most visually daring of his comedies, and the most intellectually startling … made up of sexually mischievous tableaux vivants

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The first single edition of Noël Coward's most controversial play.

"Only in Semi-Monde does Coward find a successful metaphor for the sexual complications that lie behind his posturing. Semi-Monde is easily the most visually daring of his comedies, and the most intellectually startling … made up of sexually mischievous tableaux vivants and gets much nearer the homosexual knuckle than Coward's public image allowed." - (John Lahr, London Review of Books)

Written in 1926 and originally entitled Ritz Bar, Semi-Monde was considered too daring for its time: "its production in London or New York seemed unlikely as some of the characters, owing to lightly suggested abnormalities, would certainly be deleted by the censor" (Noël Coward, Present Indicative). The play finally received its public premiere only after Coward's death, at the Citizen's Theatre, Glasgow, in September 1977.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780413763006
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
03/15/2001
Series:
Modern Plays Series
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.22(d)

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Meet the Author

Noel Coward (1899-1973) was not only an important British playwrightand lyricist but he also wrote fiction, three volumes of autobiography,and numerous reflections in other genres which number well over 100different works. He was also a distinguished actor and cabaretperformer. He was easily one of this century's greatest wits.

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