My Life with NoŽl Coward

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Hal Leonard Corporation, 1994 - Biography & Autobiography - 402 pages
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Other men made fabulous careers out of the opportunities Noel Coward declined. But Coward's inner compass charted him on his own course to greatness. And when he couldn't find the destination on his maps, he invented Samolo, his own South Sea island complete with its own indigenous rituals and customs. And of course, we revisit Coward's worlds constantly in revivals of his classic plays, Hay Fever, Private Lives, Tonight at 8:30, Design for Living and Blithe Spirit. This is the definitive memoir of the private Noel Coward by the only man with the compassionate insight and first-hand experience to write it. Graham Payn, star of many of Coward's shows, shared the Master's professional and private life for thirty years. When Coward kept the rest of the world at bay, Payn remained at his side as confidant and friend. No one else was as privy to Coward's doubts and dreams.
  

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User Review  - ElizabethChapman - LibraryThing

This is a very uneven biography of Noel Coward, authored (with help) by Graham Payn his long-time lover and companion. The narrative shifts in time without much pattern, taking the reader through an ... Read full review

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User Review  - Sherwood Smith - Goodreads

A hagiography, Payn exerting himself, I suspect, to paint Coward's life the way he wanted it to look from the outside. While Coward is merciless with fakes and phonies, whether social climbers or in relationships, it is very clear that he adores social rank. Read full review

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Coward, the Playwright
John Lahr
Limited preview - 1982
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About the author (1994)

Payn is a lifelong friend of Noel Coward and lives at Chalet Coward in Switzerland from where he runs the Coward estate.

Barry Day has co-authored and edited a number of books on and by NoAl Coward, including Revue Sketches and Parodies, and a Theatre Companion to Coward

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