Cole Porter (Paperback)

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In his life and in his music, Cole Porter was the top the pinnacle of wit and sophistication. From the 1910s through the 50s, from Yale pep rallies through the Broadway triumphs of Anything Goes and Kiss Me, Kate, he delighted audiences with a glittering torrent of song: I Get a Kick Out of You. Night and Day, Love for Sale, and Just One of Those Things. The bright surface of these gems their catchy melodies and ingenious lyrics made them instant pop hits. Their more subtle qualities and their musical and emotional depth have made them lasting standards, among the greatest glories of the American songbook.
In Cole Porter, William McBrien has thoroughly captured the creator of these songs, whose life was one not only of wealth and privilege but also of tragedy, secrecy, and courage. A prodigal young man, Porter found his aesthetic and emotional anchor in a long, loving, if sexless marriage, while continuing to maintain many discreet affairs with men. In 1937, at the height of his success, he suffered a near-fatal riding accident; his last eighteen years were marked by pain, drugs, and repeated operations on his legs, years of physical agony but unstinting artistic achievement. Here is the book that Porter's fans have long hoped for a life that informs the great music and lyrics though illuminating glimpses of the hidden, complicated, private man.

About the Author


William McBrien is a professor of English at Hofstra University. He has written several books, including Cole Porterand Stevie: A Biography of Stevie Smith. He lives in Forest Hills, New York."

Praise For…


"The definitive biography of the bon vivant who was the supreme master of sophisticated popular song." --The New York Times Book Review

"A fine biography. . . . It brings to our understanding . . . the ways that the contradictions and compulsions of [Porter's] life explain the emotional force and timelessness [of] the music." -- The Philadelphia Inquirer

"Thorough . . . fascinating. . . . Loaded with juicy gossip. [It] succeeds in evoking Porter's white-tie-and-orchids set [and] his active, if closeted, gay life in Manhattan and Hollywood." --People

"Read this book. . . . You will spend time with, and get to know, one of the great creative figures of the twentieth century."  --Betty Comden, The New York Observer

Product Details
ISBN: 9780679727927
ISBN-10: 0679727922
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: December 5th, 2000
Pages: 480
Language: English
Series: Vintage

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  • 03/29/2017 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
    Event address:
    9 Johnson Ave
    Indianapolis, IN 46219

    A Cole Porter evening - We will be discussing books of your choice about this famous Hoosier composer as well as listening to his music and talking about his life.  Everyone is welcome to bring their favorite biography or autobiography.

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    Published: Vintage - December 5th, 2000

  • 04/01/2017 - 2:00pm
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    Arthur Andrew Olson III will be speaking about and signing copies of Forging the Bee Line Railroad: The Rise And Fall of the Hoosier Partisans and Cleveland Clique.
     
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