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The plays in this volume demonstrate the extraordinary skill andversatility Coward's writing achieved in the late 1920s.
The volume containshis best-loved classic, Private Lives, which was an immeditate hit whenit was first staged in 1930. Coward's sparkling dialogue and reparteehave ensured the play's popularity ever since. Of Bitter-Sweet in 1929 Noël Coward wrote that it was "a musical that gaveme more complete satisfaction than anything else I had yet written. Notespecially on acount of its dialogue or its lyrics or its music or itsproduction but as a whole." The Marquise is an "eighteenth centurycomedy" filled with maids and duels, whilst Post-Mortem is avilification of war that contains some of Coward's most powerfulwriting.
About the Author: Noël Coward was born in 1899 in Teddington, Middlesex. He made his name as a playwright with The Vortex (1924), in which he also appeared. His numerous other successful plays included Fallen Angels (1925), Hay Fever (1925), Private Lives (1933), Design for Living (1933) and Blithe Spirit (1941). During the war he wrote screenplays such as Brief Encounter (1944) and In Which We Serve (1942). In the fifties he began a new career as a cabaret entertainer. He published volumes of verse and a novel (Pomp and Circumstance, 1960), two volumes of autobiography and four volumes of short stories: To Step Aside (1939), Star Quality (1951), Pretty Polly Barlow (1964) and Bon Voyage (1967). He was knighted in 1970 and died three years later in Jamaica.
Title: Plays: Three: Design for Living; Cavalcade; ...
Publisher: Eyre Methuen Ltd.
Publication Date: 1979
Book Condition: Used: Good
Book Description Methuen Drama, 1979. Book Condition: Good. Volume 3. This is an ex-library book and may have the usual library/used-book markings inside.This book has hardback covers. In good all round condition. Dust Jacket in fair condition. Bookseller Inventory # 4085656
Book Description Eyre Methuen, London, 1979 First Edition Thus. Hardback. Dust Jacket., 1979. 8vo. pp xx, 411. Original publisher's blue cloth, lettered gilt on spine. The third volume of Coward's plays contains some of his best work from the thirties. Also in the volume are three short plays including 'Tonight at 8.30', 'Hands Across the Sea', a gentle satire of colonials and 'London Society'.ISBN: 0413460908 Inevitable slight browning to edges of text, otherwise fine in fine dust jacket, with revised price label on the inside flap. Bookseller Inventory # C40501
Book Description Eyre Methuen Ltd. Book Condition: Good. Ex-library, so some stamps and wear, but in good overall condition. Bookseller Inventory # Z1-J-009-01006
Book Description Eyre Methuen Ltd., 1979. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110413460908
Book Description Eyre Methuen Ltd., 1979. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. First Edition. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!. Bookseller Inventory # 0413460908