COLE PORTER, A BIOGRAPHY
by CHARLES SCHWARTZ 365 pages. Dial Press. $9.95.
For 73 years Cole Porter was a man on the run, racing to outdistance that most dreaded of all pursuersennui. "I have spent my life escaping boredom," he said, "not because I am bored, but because I do not want to be." He won the contest. But then, he had a head start.
The parabola of the Porter career is one beloved by backstage biographers. As Brendan Gill's brisk, uncritical Cole showed, the life was filled with laughter, tragedy, a soupçon of scandal and...