In his life and in his music, Cole Porter was "the top"-the
pinnacle of wit, sophistication, and success. His songs--"I Get a
Kick Out of You," "Anything Goes," and hundreds more-were instant
pop hits, and their musical and emotional depths have made them
William McBrien has captured the creator of these songs, whose life
was not merely one of wealth and privilege. A prodigal young man,
Porter found his emotional anchor in a long, loving, if sexless
marriage, a relationship he repeatedly risked with a string of
affairs with men. His last eighteen years were marked by physical
agony but also unstinting artistic achievement, including the great
Hollywood musicals High Society, Silk Stockings, and Kiss Me Kate
(recently and very successfully revived on Broadway). Here, at last
is a life that informs the great music and lyrics through
illuminating glimpses of the hidden, complicated, private man.
"From the Trade Paperback edition."
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