Polymath English playwright No'l Coward's greatest production might have been himself. Born to a middle-class family in a London suburb in 1899, Coward was soon carried to the English demimonde by his innate genius with words''' -- he wrote more than 50 plays, musicals, novels, and revues -- and his flamboyant style. 'I'll go through life either first class or third,' he once said, 'but never in second.' By the time he died in Jamaica in 1973, Sir Coward had ensured it would be first all the way.
December 08 2010 7:00 PM