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Coward The Playwright John Lahr

Coward The Playwright

John Lahr

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A reissue in hardback of critic John Lahrs famous 1982 study of Noël Cowards playsNoël Coward, said Terence Rattigan, is simply a phenomenon, and one that is unlikely to occur ever again in theatre history. A phenomenon he certainly was, and itMoreA reissue in hardback of critic John Lahrs famous 1982 study of Noël Cowards playsNoël Coward, said Terence Rattigan, is simply a phenomenon, and one that is unlikely to occur ever again in theatre history. A phenomenon he certainly was, and it is part of John Lahrs purpose in this book to show how that phenomenon called Noël Coward was largely Cowards own careful creation. Lahrs penetrating critical study of Cowards drama investigates all the major and minor plays of The Master. Private Lives, Design for Living and Hay Fever make a fascinating group of Comedies of Bad Manners. Blithe Spirit and Relative Values raise the Ghost in the Fun Machine. Lahr then goes on to explore the politics of charm oozing through The Vortex, Easy Virtue and Present Laughter. In all Cowards plays Lahr uncovers a coherent philosophy in which charm is both the subject of Cowards comedies and the trap which made his very public life a perpetual performance.A smashing, thoughtful and very good guide to Cowards plays (Sheridan Morley)