The Noel Coward Reader

The Noel Coward Reader


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The Noel Coward Reader by Noël Coward

The Noël Coward Reader offers a wonderfully wide-ranging selection—the first of its kind—of the best of the Master’s oeuvre, entertainingly annotated and abundantly illustrated, and including material that has never before been published.

Here are scenes from Coward’s famous plays, from Private Lives to Blithe Spirit, and his screenplays, from Brief Encounter to In Which We Serve. Here are four of his best short stories, scenes from his only novel, and a generous selection of his verse, alongside the lyrics of many of his most sublime songs, including “Mad Dogs and Englishmen,” “The Stately Homes of England,” and “Mad About the Boy.” The Noël Coward Reader is a must-have book both for those who adore his work and for those who are just discovering the many-faceted delights of his comic genius.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307474872
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/06/2011
Pages: 624
Sales rank: 1,218,835
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Barry Day was born in England and received his M.A. from Balliol College, Oxford. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA), a Trustee of the Noël Coward Foundation, and was awarded the Order of the British Empire “for services to British culture in the U.S.A.” He lives in New York, London, and Palm Beach.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Foreword by Sir Cameron Mackintosh
Introduction: The Man They Called “The Master”
“Personal Reminiscence” (verse)  
“The Boy Actor” (verse)
“Forbidden Fruit” (lyric)  
“When You Come Home on Leave” (lyric)
excerpts from The Unattainable (play)
TWO:  THE 1920s
“I Like America” (lyric)  
“Touring Days” (lyric)  
“Red Peppers” (one-act play)
                containing “Has Anybody Seen Our Ship?” (lyric)
                and “Men About Town” (lyric)  
“Me and the Girls” (short story)  
“Why Must the Show Go On?” (lyric)  
excerpt from The Vortex (play)  
excerpts from Fallen Angels (play)  
excerpts from Easy Virtue (play)  
excerpts from Hay Fever (play)  
“Epitaph for an Elderly Actress” (verse)  
“Preface to Semi-Monde” and excerpts from Semi-Monde (play)  
“Green Carnation” (lyric)  
“Sail Away” (lyric)
“I Travel Alone” (lyric)
“Parisian Pierrot” (lyric)  
“Poor Little Rich Girl” (lyric)  
“Dance. Little Lady” (lyric)  
“What Is Love?” (lyric)  
“If Love Were All” (lyric)  
“I’ll See You Again” (lyric)  
“I’ll Follow My Secret Heart” (lyric)  
“I Am No Good at Love” (verse)  
“Something Very Strange” (lyric)  
“A Room With a View” (lyric)  
“This Is to Let You Know” (verse)
“I Knew You Without Enchantment” (verse)
“Mad About the Boy” (lyric)  
“Bronxville Darby and Joan” (lyric)
“Come the Wild, Wild Weather” (lyric)
THREE:  THE 1930s
“Twentieth Century Blues” (lyric)
excerpts from Private Lives (play)
“Someday I’ll Find You” (lyric)  
“Strictly Private Lives”'  
“Mad Dogs and Englishmen” (lyric)  
“Mrs. Worthington” (lyric)  
“Social Grace” (verse)  
“I’ve Got to Go Out and Be Social” (verse)  
“Mrs. Mallory” (verse)
“The Kindness of Mrs. Radcliffe” (short story)  
excerpts from Design for Living (play)  
“Design for Rehearsing” (sketch)  
excerpts from Tonight at 8:30 (play sequence)
            “Fumed Oak” and “Shadow Play” (one-act plays) 
             including “Then” (lyric)
                          “Play, Orchestra, Play” (lyric) and
                          “You Were There” (lyric)  
“What Mad Pursuit?” (short story)  
“I’ve Been to a Marvellous Party” (lyric)
“The Stately Homes of England” (lyric)  
“I Wonder What Happened to Him?” (lyric)
FOUR:  THE 1940s
“Friendship in Wartime” (essay)  
“Notes on Liaison” (verse)  
“News Ballad” (verse)  
“Personal Note” (verse)  
“London Pride” (lyric)  
“London. 1940.” (essay)  
“Lie in the Dark and Listen” (verse)  
excerpt from This Happy Breed (play)
excerpts from Blithe Spirit (play)  
excerpts from Time Remembered (play)  
“Canton Island” (verse)  
“Mr. and Mrs. Edgehill” (short story)  
excerpts from In Which We Serve (film)
“I’ve Just Come Out From England” (verse)  
“Don’t Let’s Be Beastly to the Germans” (lyric)  
excerpts from Present Laughter (play)
“The One Man Play” (sketch)
excerpts from Brief Encounter (film)   
“This Is a Changing World” (lyric)  
“Uncle Harry” (lyric)  
“Alice Is at It Again” (lyric)  
excerpts from Peace in Our Time (play)  
“Victory?” (essay)
FIVE:  THE 1950s
“There Are Bad Times Just Around the Corner” (lyric)  
“Tribute to Marlene Dietrich” (verse)  
“Louisa” (lyric)  
“A Bar on the Piccola Marina” (lyric)
 excerpt from Nude With Violin (play)  
“Consider the Public: A Warning to Actors” (essay)
“Consider the Public: A Warning to Dramatic Critics” (essay)  
“Together With Music” (lyric)
“Jamaica” (verse)  
“House Guest” (verse)  
“World Weary” (lyric)
SIX:  THE 1960s
Excerpts from Waiting in the Wings (play)  
“Later Than Spring” (lyric)
“Why Do the Wrong People Travel?” (lyric)  
“Useless Useful Phrases” (lyric)  
excerpt from Pomp and Circumstance (novel)   
“The Battle of Britain Dinner, New York, 1963” (verse)  
excerpt from Suite in Three Keys (“A Song at Twilight”) (play)  
“How I Wonder What You Are” (essay)
excerpt from Star Quality (play)  
excerpt from Age Cannot Wither (play)
SEVEN:  ENVOI . . . THE 1970s
“The Party’s Over Now” (lyric)  
“When I Have Fears” (verse)  
“I’m Here for a Short Visit Only” (verse)

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