Cole Porter: a biography
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New York : Vintage Books, 1998.
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Shirlington Adult Nonfiction
782.14026 PORTER MCBRI
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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.
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Book
Edition:
First edition.
Physical Desc:
xiii, 459 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
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English
ISBN:
0679727922, 9780679727927

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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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William McBrien's biography, the result of ten years of work and bursting with stories and scenes of Porter's life, takes us beyond the patina of Porter's very public career, beyond the high and low aristocratic worlds of Venice (Porter with Elsa Maxwell in 1923 together put Venice back on the map as the place to be), beyond the opulent parties and costume balls on two continents he not only attended but threw himself - and made into an art form. McBrien takes us into Porter's seemingly conventional marriage to reveal his complicated emotional life - the lost, privileged man who had a wild, irrepressible talent to amuse but at first couldn't find his voice; the man who married "the most beautiful woman in the world," the very social, very southern Linda Lee Thomas, but who preferred his own sex. He had long relationships as well as frequent dalliances with many men but for thirty-five years maintained a loving marriage to the woman he truly adored.
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APA Citation (style guide)

McBrien, W. (1998). Cole Porter: a biography. First edition. New York: Vintage Books.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation (style guide)

McBrien, William. 1998. Cole Porter: A Biography. New York: Vintage Books.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities Citation (style guide)

McBrien, William, Cole Porter: A Biography. New York: Vintage Books, 1998.

MLA Citation (style guide)

McBrien, William. Cole Porter: A Biography. First edition. New York: Vintage Books, 1998. Print.

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