Books: Fair-haired Boy

PRESENT INDICATIVE—Noel Coward— Doubleday, Doran ($3).

At 37 Noel Coward is still the juvenile prodigy of the modern theatre. He does not mind who calls him a prodigy, but he is tired of being considered a juvenile.

Noel Coward's idea is that when success came to him, it was about time, and that there was nothing chancy in its coming. A specialist in unblushingness, last week he unblushingly presented the clever story of his own success. The audience found Present Indicative, like most Coward productions, an entertaining if not altogether endearing performance....

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