WHILE the 1920's ended on December 30, 1929--and a far different political, social, and sociological
climate prevailed during the ensuing decade--a number of highly gifted writers managed to keep alive
in the musical theater of the 1930's some of the feverish spirit and the unconventional attitudes of the
"roaring Twenties." The most significant of these was Cole Porter.
In his lyrics and melodies--for like Irving Berlin he wrote both--he fixed the smartness and cynicism,
the freedom in sex attitudes, the lack of inhibitions in speech and behavior, and the outright
iconoclasm that had characterized the 1920's