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In 1964, when Hay Fever (1925) was placed in the repertory of the newly organized National Theatre, Noel Coward professed to be grateful: "Bless you for admitting that I'm a classic." A week-long series of Coward played on BBC television in 1969; there have been major revivals in London and New York; plays long out of print have been republished in popular collections. At the start of the 1960s, though, Coward's reputation had been at an ebb, as he skirmished with the angry new drama. Coward had enjoyed no big success since Blithe Spirit of 1941. There have been attempts to assimilate the rehabilitated Coward to contemporary drama. Coward himself profited from the new freedom when, in 1965, his Song at Twilight discussed homosexuality, a subject that he had evaded throughout his career. A juvenile prodigy, Coward was by turns actor, director, composer, lyricist, autobiographer, and author of nearly 60 theater pieces. He even wrote screenplays, notably for In Which We Serve (1942) and Brief Encounter (1946). Although he specialized in light comedy, the so-called comedy of manners, he worked in many forms including patriotic spectacle, revue, musical, farce, even the problem play. Hay Fever, Blithe Spirit, and Private Lives (1930) have proved to be the most durable of his comedies, along with nine short plays presented as Tonight at 8:30. In each, characters demonstrate the combination of perpetual role playing, cool hedonism, and energizing self-absorption. (Bowker Author Biography)
— biography from Blithe Spirit, Hay Fever, Private Lives: Three Plays
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The Letters of Noël Coward 297 copies, 3 reviews
Blithe Spirit 291 copies, 10 reviews
The Noël Coward Diaries 186 copies, 1 review
Pomp and Circumstance 174 copies, 1 review
Hay Fever: A Play in Three Acts 146 copies, 4 reviews
Play Parade 139 copies, 2 reviews
Present Indicative 128 copies, 2 reviews
The Cream of Noël Coward 118 copies, 1 review
The Lyrics of Noël Coward 87 copies, 2 reviews
Star Quality 80 copies, 1 review
Future Indefinite 51 copies, 2 reviews
Design for Living 48 copies, 1 review
In Which We Serve [1942 film] (Director/Screenwriter/Cast) 44 copies, 1 review
To step aside 39 copies
Design for Living [1933 film] (Original play) 32 copies, 2 reviews
Bon Voyage 29 copies
Tonight at 8:30 27 copies, 1 review
Still Life 25 copies, 1 review
Cavalcade 25 copies, 1 review
Nude With Violin 24 copies, 1 review
Brief Encounter 22 copies, 1 review
Modern plays (Author) 22 copies, 1 review
Hands Across the Sea 22 copies, 1 review
Quadrille 19 copies, 1 review
Ways and Means 14 copies, 1 review
Oh Coward! 13 copies
Blithe Spirit [2021 film] (Author) 12 copies
Bitter Sweet 12 copies
Red Peppers 11 copies
Shadow Play 10 copies
Cowardy Custard 10 copies
The Noël Coward Song Book 10 copies, 1 review
The Noël Coward Collection 8 copies, 1 review
Sail Away 8 copies
Family Album 6 copies
Curtain Calls 6 copies
Point Valaine 5 copies
Semi-Monde (Modern Plays) 5 copies, 1 review
A last encore (Author) 5 copies
En tosset Week-end 4 copies, 1 review
The Marquise 3 copies
Commedie 3 copies
Ace of Clubs 2 copies
Mild Oats 1 copy
What Next 1 copy
Shop-Girls 1 copy
Eloquence 1 copy
Intermezzo 1 copy
Home Chat 1 copy
Operette 1 copy
Mrs. Ebony 1 copy
Solali 1 copy
The Complete Saki (Introduction, some editions) 1,216 copies, 14 reviews
The Assassin's Cloak: An Anthology of the World's Greatest Diarists (Contributor, some editions) 516 copies, 8 reviews
The Penguin Book of Gay Short Stories (Contributor) 287 copies
24 Favorite One Act Plays (Contributor) 260 copies, 1 review
The Italian Job [1969 film] (Actor) 180 copies, 2 reviews
Brief Encounter [1945 film] (Screenplay; Producer) 105 copies, 3 reviews
Sixteen Famous British Plays (Contributor) 100 copies, 1 review
Thirty Famous One-Act Plays (Contributor) 98 copies, 2 reviews
Laurel British Drama: The Twentieth Century (Contributor, some editions) 79 copies
Paris When It Sizzles [1964 film] (Actor) 57 copies, 4 reviews
Our Man in Havana [1959 film] (Actor) 47 copies, 1 review
Blithe Spirit [1945 film] (Original play) 46 copies, 2 reviews
Contemporary Drama - 11 Plays (Contributor) 41 copies
14 great plays (Contributor) 29 copies
Remembering Mr. Maugham (Foreword, some editions) 27 copies, 1 review
Bunny Lake is Missing [1965 film] (Actor) 23 copies, 3 reviews
The London Venture (Introduction, some editions) 22 copies
Easy Virtue [1928 film] (Original play) 17 copies, 1 review
This Happy Breed [1944 film] (Original play) 16 copies, 1 review
Les Folies du Music-Hall (Preface; Preface) 15 copies
Cavalcade [1933 film] (Original play) 14 copies, 1 review
The Panorama of Modern Literature (Contributor) 14 copies, 1 review
Travel in Vogue (Author) 9 copies
The London Omnibus (Contributor) 6 copies
Stories of Scarlet Women (Contributor) 4 copies
The Anthology of Love and Romance (Contributor) 4 copies
Boom [1968 film] (Actor) 3 copies, 1 review
Nelson Doubleday, 1889-1949 (Contributor) 3 copies
Spionhistorier fra hele verden (Contributor) 2 copies, 1 review
Matty (Introduction) 2 copies
37 Favorites for Dancing (Composer) 2 copies
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