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Coward The Playwright : The Playwright - John Lahr

Coward The Playwright

The Playwright

By: John Lahr

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'A reissue in hardback of critic John Lahr''s famous 1982 study of Noel Coward''s plays Noel Coward, said Terence Rattigan, is simply a phenomenon, and one that is unlikely to occur ever again in theatre history. A phenomenon he certainly was, and it is part of John Lahr''s purpose in this book to show how that phenomenon called Noel Coward was largely Coward''s own careful creation. Lahr''s penetrating critical study of Coward''s drama investigates all the major and minor plays of The Master. Private Lives, Design for Living and Hay Fever make a fascinating group of Comedies of Bad Manners. Blithe Spirit and Relative Values raise the Ghost in the Fun Machine. Lahr then goes on to explore the politics of charm oozing through The Vortex, Easy Virtue and Present Laughter. In all Coward''s plays Lahr uncovers a coherent philosophy in which charm is both the subject of Coward''s comedies and the trap which made his very public life a perpetual performance. ''A smashing, thoughtful and very good guide to Coward''s plays'' (Sheridan Morley)'

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgements
Noel Coward
Chronology Introduction
Impresario of Himself
The Politics of Charm
The Young Idea
The Vortex Easy Virtue Present Laughter
Comedies of Bad Manners Hay
Fever Private Lives Design for Living Hands Across the Sea
'Savonarola in Evening Dress'?
Cavalcade This Happy Breed In Which We Serve
Ghosts in the Fun Machine
Blithe Spirit Relative Values Nide with Violin
Parting Shots
Waiting in the Wings A Song at Twilight
Notes
Bibliography
Index
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780413480507
ISBN-10: 041348050X
Series: Biography and Autobiography
Audience: BAC
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 198
Published: 1st August 2006
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 18.8 x 13.5  x 1.14
Weight (kg): 0.22
Edition Number: 1