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Lavishly illustrated and annotated, this definitive collection of letters to and from Noël Coward provides a portrait of an age, from the Blitz to the Ritz and beyond.
Granted unlimited access to the Coward archive, Barry Day gathers correspondence between the incomparable Noël and his friends and enemies, the famous and infamous, the talented and the powerful, including Virginia Woolf, Churchill, Garbo, Olivier, Hepburn, Dietrich, Evelyn Waugh, Chaplin, and many more. Day presents many never-published letters and has unearthed startling new evidence of Coward's wartime work as a spy. Accompanied by rare photographs, these letters bring to life the people and events that shaped the twentieth century—and a remarkable man who made his own indelible mark.
“Day has woven Coward’s letters into a beautifully rounded text that reads more like a life portrait.” —Los Angeles Times
“Superb.... The portrait of a complex, charming, driven, serious and frankly, courageous artist.... History of the most valuable kind.” —The Wall Street Journal
“Glitters with the multi-gifted playwright’s clawsout bitchiness, tremendous charm, and creative genius.” —Vanity Fair