According to the website Noel Coward Society (Copyright 2007) ‘He was simply the best all-rounder of the theatrical, literary and musical worlds of the 20th century.
He invented the concept of celebrity and was the essence of chic in the Jazz Age of the 20s and 30s. His debonnair looks and stylishly groomed appearance made him the icon of ‘the Bright Young Things’ that inhabited the world of The Ivy , The Savoy and The Ritz.
No one is totally sure when and why it happened but following his success in the 1930s he was called ‘The Master’, a nickname of honour that indicated the level of his talent and achievement in so many of the entertainment arts.
I currently have for sale in my etsy store GenreReads, a book about famed playwright, composer, director, actor and singer Noel Coward. “The Noel Coward Diaries” Edited by Graham Payn and Sheridan Morely – his friend who now runs the Coward Estate and a drama critic. This publication chronicles his diaries kept from 1945-1969.
In my personal collection I have a coffee table hardcover book titled “Noel Coward The Complete Lyrics” Edited and annotated by Barry Day which has the lyrics of all the songs written by Noel during his entire career. Black and white pictures of Noel along with various stars he sang with or directed are throughout the book which makes it a treat to own in one’s collection.