Cole Porter

Cole Porter

A Biography

Book - 1998
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Examines Porter's complex life, homosexuality, twenty-plus-year marriage, and Broadway and Hollywood successes.
Publisher: New York : Knopf, 1998
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780394582351
Branch Call Number: 921 POR
Characteristics: 459 p. : ill


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Aug 22, 2019

This 1998 biography of Cole Porter (1891-1964) offers the reader a very "matter-of-fact" and highly-detailed account of the life and times of said-composer/lyricist.

The retelling here of Porter's life may not appeal to some readers as it does tend to offer one a bit too much information regarding Porter's sexual orientation (which was closely tied in with his insatiable promiscuity).

Anyway - (For the most part) - This celebrity biography is actually quite an intriguing look at a man who is considered to be one of the most important composers of the 20th century.

Mar 02, 2018

Born (1891) into a very wealthy family in the town of Peru, Indiana - (composer/songwriter) Cole Porter was not only one of the major songwriters for Broadway stage musicals during the 1930s - But he was also notable for writing songs for Hollywood musicals in the 1940s and 50s, as well.

Believe it, or not - Porter wrote a staggering 800 songs throughout his lifetime.

But, of course - There was a very private side (kept from the public) to Cole Porter that centred around a flamboyantly extravagant and, yes, scandalously reckless lifestyle of being an extremely vain, globe-trotting gay man.

Exhaustively written by author, William McBrien - This highly-detailed "Cole Porter" biography (of 460 pages) also includes a 16-page photo gallery, as well.

*Note* - In 1964 - Cole Porter (73 at the time) died of kidney failure.

Actually, I'm enjoying this read quite a bit though I wouldn't wish it any longer! As a Porter enthusiast, I look for details about how the composer worked at his craft. This book delivers on that score (no pun intended). Perhaps too much detail on other matters but, hey, his was a fascinating life, fun to read about in its own right.

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