Coward the Playwright

Coward the Playwright

by John Lahr

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ISBN-13: 9780520234147
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 04/01/2002
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 4.50(w) x 7.25(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author


Praised by the New York Times Book Review as "probably the most intelligent and insightful writer on the theater today," John Lahr has twice won the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism, most recently for his work at The New Yorker, where he has written about theater and popular culture since 1992. Mr. Lahr has written sixteen books, among them the novels The Autograph Hound (1973) and Hot to Trot (1974); Light Fantastic: Adventures in Theater (1996); The Orton Diaries (editor, 1996); Notes on a Cowardly Lion: The Biography of Bert Lahr (California, 2000); Dame Edna Everage and the Rise of Western Civilisation (California, 2000); and Prick Up Your Ears: The Biography of Joe Orton (California, 2000).

Table of Contents


List of Illustrations
Acknowledgements
Noel Coward—Chronology
Introduction—Impresario of Himself

1. THE POLITICS OF CHARM
The Young Idea
The Vortex
Easy Virtue
Present Laughter

2. COMEDIES OF BAD MANNERS
Hay Fever
Private Lives
Design for Living
Hands Across the Sea

3. 'SAVONAROLA IN EVENING DRESS'?
Cavalcade
This Happy Breed
In Which We Serve

4. GHOSTS IN THE FUN MACHINE
Blithe Spirit
Relative Values
Nide with Violin

5. PARTING SHOTS
Waiting in the Wings
A Song at Twilight

Notes
Bibliography
Index

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