Of all the remarkable
figures who peopled the 20th Century, none was even remotely
comparable to Noel Coward. Born the son of an unsuccessful piano salesman, Coward
had no more than a few years of elementary school education. Even so, by
early adulthood he was recognized on both sides of the Atlantic as the personification of
wit and sophistication. Successful as a composer, lyricist, actor, singer, director,
novelist, painter . . .
small wonder friends and colleagues called him "The Master."
My hope in these few pages is to give you some sense of
what made Coward one of the premiere figures of an era that desperately needed his
laughter and charm. This most English of Englishmen had far more than what he called a
"talent to amuse." From World War I through the 1970's, he expressed the hopes,
fears and frustrations of people who saw their world hurtle through a series of wild
changes. His own ability to thrive through those changes earned him yet another popular
nickname -- "Destiny's Tot." May his songs, his writings, and his
memory shine on.
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