page contains a facsimile from our rolling exhibition of items
associated with Noel Coward. Some of them will be from out-of-print
publications and others from the archives of the Coward Estate.
- Shown below is a facsimile of
Coward's handwritten lyrics for 'There Are Bad Times Just Around
the Corner.' Graham Payn was once asked whether Coward wrote
by hand or by typewriter.
- His response was "Mostly
by hand, but some of the plays that he said he wrote so quickly,
like in three days or four days or five days - that did happen,
but what he didn't say was that he'd had the thing on his mind
for quite a long time, really. So he'd really been prepared and
he could sit at the typewriter and put it straight on the script
- like that, on the paper, I mean, because he could read what
the dialogue would sound like better in typescript." He
also talked about the size of Noel Coward's handwriting which
he described as "tiny, tiny, tiny writing, difficult
- Although the page here is slightly
reduced in size (it is really Foolscap), you can see how relatively
small it actually is. Coward's typewriter must have been an essential
aid to his work and perhaps more importantly in helping others
to read it!
- Further examples of Coward's
handwriting can be seen in the book "The Art of Noel Coward"
by Robert Greacen - published in the UK by The Hand And Flower
Press, Aldington, Kent and in the US by The British Book Centre
Inc., New York in 1953.
- All facsimiles that
are included here are at 75 dpi.
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