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Noël Coward, Master Entertainer

Mad dogs and Englishmen. We revisit the suave wit of Noël Coward.

British actor, composer and playwright Noël Coward poses aboard the Queen Elizabeth ocean liner in 1947. (AP)

British actor, singer, lyricist, composer, playwright Noel Coward was England’s sparkling wit of the Jazz Age.

Slicked back hair. Tuxedo. Jaunty cigarette holder. An endless, shrewd capacity to entertain. In the 1920s and ‘30s, Noel Coward ruled, with “Mad Dogs and Englishmen,” and much more.

Now he’s back, in the age of iPod, and we get to know Noel Coward, all over again.

-Tom Ashbrook

Guest:

Barry Day, fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a trustee of the Noël Coward Foundation. He’s editor of “The Letters of Noël Coward.” His new book is “The Noël Coward Reader.”

Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst.

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