Christopher Fry

Christopher Fry, 1907–2005, English dramatist, b. Bristol as Christopher Fry Harris. Like his friend and mentor, T. S. Eliot, he was one of the few 20th-century dramatists to write successfully in verse. Fry's first major success was The Lady's Not for Burning (1949), a wry comedy set in the Middle Ages in which love overcomes prejudice and hypocrisy. His other works include Venus Observed (1950), The Dark Is Light Enough (1954), Yard of Sun (1970), and English versions of plays by Anouilh (Ring Round the Moon, 1950, The Lark, 1955), Giraudoux (Tiger at the Gates, 1955), Ibsen (Peer Gynt, 1970), and Rostand (Cyrano de Bergerac, 1975). Among his screenplays were Ben Hur (1959; Academy Award) and The Bible (1966).

See his autobiography (1978); studies by E. Roy (1968), S. M. Wiersma (1970), and G. Leeming (1990).

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Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

Christopher Fry
Emil Roy.
Southern Illinois University Press, 1968
The Lady's Not for Burning: A Comedy
Christopher Fry.
Oxford University Press, 1950 (2nd edition)
Thor, with Angels: A Play
Christopher Fry.
Oxford University Press, 1949
Christopher Fry Album
Derek Stanford.
P. Nevill, 1952
British Drama since Shaw
Emil Roy.
Southern Illinois University Press, 1972
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 6 "T.S. Eliot and Christopher Fry"
Drama: From Ibsen to Eliot
Raymond Williams.
Chatto & Windus, 1952
Librarian’s tip: "Christopher Fry" begins on p. 262
The Theatre in the Fifties
George Jean Nathan.
Knopf, 1953
Librarian’s tip: "Christopher Fry" begins on p. 124
Biblical Drama in England from the Middle Ages to the Present Day
Murray Roston.
Faber and Faber, 1968
Librarian’s tip: "Christopher Fry" begins on p. 299
British Playwrights, 1880-1956: A Research and Production Sourcebook
William W. Demastes; Katherine E. Kelly.
Greenwood Press, 1996
Librarian’s tip: "Christopher Fry (1907-)" begins on p. 117
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