Noel Coward: A Biography Hardcover – 13 Nov 1995
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About the Author
Philip Hoare is the author of biographies of Stephen Tennant and Noel Coward and the historical studies Wilde's Last Stand, Spike Island and England's Lost Eden. He is also the writer and presenter of the BBC Arena film, The Hunt for Moby-Dick. He lives in Southampton, England. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Hoare writes much about Coward's sexual exploits as well as those of many of his friends. Hardly a page goes by without some reference to whom was sleeping with who, so much so that I was left wondering which was more important, Coward's writing or philandering! Alas in the end the tantrums, bitchiness, attitude and arrogance have the effect that in the end there is little admiration for the man which is a pity as his words still remain a legacy to the English language.
Excellent research marred by trying not to be just a collection of dates and facts, consequently the time scale becomes muddled, a little more attention to detail wouldn't have come amiss. Most of the time Philip Hoare is remote enough from his subject but occasionally he lets his feelings get the better and the words come across as opinionated.
This could well be the definitive book on Coward though I doubt it, but certainly researched in depth and does show what a sexual predator Coward was and also how prolific and speedy his output was - but then he was always a shallow man who thought he was the centre of the universe!
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Arrived within given dates. Condition as described. Just started reading this book and think it will be very interesting.Published 9 months ago by JOLO