Noel Coward and His Friends - Cole Lesley; Graham Payn; Sheridan Morley;Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1979, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper very slightly rubbed at the edges, small puncture to the upper panel hear the join, edges of the dust wrapper lightly age toned as are the edges of the boards. Text complete, clean and tight.
Illustrated with photographs, in colour & black and white. From the cover: “From The Vortex in 1924 (‘scandalous’ said the Daily Mail) through half a century to what he himself called ‘Dad’s Renaissance’, Sir Noel Coward was the most talked-about and multi-talented figure in the English-speaking theatre. Through half a hundred plays, innumerable songs, poems, films and short stories, to say nothing of a novel, several revues and countless paintings, Coward sustained and developed his unique talent to amuse: an industrious and painstaking entertainer with the contradictory image of a playboy of the West End world, his career survived all the ups and downs of a roller-coaster ride and he himself lived to illustrate the maxim that success is very largely the ability to survive failure. ‘My life’, he once remarked, ‘has been one long extravaganza.’ Now, for the first time, the three executors of the Noel Coward estate have come together to document that extravaganza. This is a collection of public and private photographs (many not seen before), music sheets, unpublished songs, paintings, programmes, posters, manuscript pages, decor and costume designs, letters, cables and caricatures which taken together illustrate the career of the master entertainer as never before. From the vast Noel Coward archives stored in Switzerland, London and New York, Cole Lesley and Sheridan Morley (both of whom have written highly-acclaimed biographies of Sir Noel) together with Graham Payn, who worked in many of his most successful shows, have assembled hundreds of illustrations which add up to a celebration and documentation of one of the most remarkable careers on record.”