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Cole Porter: A Biography, by William McBrien
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Cole Porter: A Biography, by William McBrien

William McBrien has thoroughly captured the creator of these songs, whose life was not only of wealth and privilege but also of tragedy, secrecy, and courage. A prodigal young mand, 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 through illuminating glimpses of the hidden, complicated, private man.


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