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Coward Plays By Noel Coward

Coward Plays

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The second volume in the Coward Collection, including Private Lives, Bitter-Sweet, The Marquise and Post-Mortem.
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Coward Plays Summary

Coward Plays: v.2: "Private Lives", "Bitter-sweet", "The Marquise", "Post-Mortem" by Noel Coward

The plays in this volume demonstrate the extraordinary skill and versatility Coward's writing achieved in the late 1920s. The volume contains his best-loved classic, Private Lives, which was an immeditate hit when it was first staged in 1930. Coward's sparkling dialogue and repartee have ensured the play's popularity ever since. Of Bitter-Sweet in 1929 Noel Coward wrote that it was "a musical that gave me more complete satisfaction than anything else I had yet written. Not especially on acount of its dialogue or its lyrics or its music or its production but as a whole." The Marquise is an "eighteenth century comedy" filled with maids and duels, whilst Post-Mortem is a vilification of war that contains some of Coward's most powerful writing.

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About Noel Coward

Noel Coward made his name as a playwright with The Vortex (1924), in which he also appeared. His numerous other successful plays included Hay Fever, Private Lives, Design for Living, and Blithe Spirit. During the war he wrote screenplays such as Brief Encounter (1944) and This Happy Breed (1942). His volumes of verse, autobiography and letters have all been published to acclaim by Methuen Drama. Coward was knighted in 1970 and died three years later in Jamaica.

Table of Contents

Private Lives; Bitter-Sweet; The Marquise; Post-Mortem

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Coward Plays: v.2: "Private Lives", "Bitter-sweet", "The Marquise", "Post-Mortem" by Noel Coward
Noel Coward
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