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Fry, Christopher 1907-2005

Works: 726 works in 2,597 publications in 8 languages and 39,927 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Verse drama  Historical drama  Comedy plays  History  Acting editions  Romantic plays  Bible films  Heroic drama  Religious films 
Roles: Author, Translator, Author of screenplay, Lyricist, Scenarist, Librettist, Other, Creator, Editor, tra, Author of introduction, Bibliographic antecedent, Composer, Adapter
Classifications: PR6011.R9, 822.91
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Most widely held works about Christopher Fry
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Most widely held works by Christopher Fry
The lady's not for burning : a comedy by Christopher Fry( Book )

127 editions published between 1948 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 2,426 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is a romantic comedy in three acts, set in verse. It is set in the medieval period. It is about a war-weary soldier who wants to die and a woman accused of witchcraft who wants to live
The dark is light enough : a winter comedy by Christopher Fry( Book )

64 editions published between 1954 and 1985 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,589 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The play revolves around a dramatic incident in the Hungarian revolution against the Austro-Hungarian Empire in 1848-9 ..."--Dust cover
A phoenix too frequent, a comedy by Christopher Fry( Book )

128 editions published between 1946 and 1985 in 4 languages and held by 1,568 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Dynamene is ready to die from grief over the death of her husband and has immured herself, fasting, in his tomb. After a "brilliant parade of poetry, paradox, wit, humour and intellectual discourse" she is diverted from her death-wish by the handsome soldier, Tegeus, and even offers her husband's body to save Tegeus' life"--Publisher's description
Venus observed, a play by Christopher Fry( Book )

38 editions published between 1949 and 1970 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,487 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Resigning himself to the autumn of his life, the Duke prepares to seek a wife from three of his former mistresses, selected by his son, following the tradition of Paris by offering an apple to the chosen one. However when a radiant young girl, Perpetua arrives, the Duke snatches the apple and offers it to her, but she draws on a pistol and shatters it. Her father the agent wishes her to marry the Duke, but the latter resigns himself to marrying the mistress who really loves him
The firstborn : a play in three acts by Christopher Fry( Book )

78 editions published between 1946 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 1,412 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Firstborn was produced at the Oxford Playhouse in 1948. The plot is that of Egypt in the throes of a threatening conflict between master and slave, with Moses denouncing his privileges as an Egyptian-reared soldier and finding new responsibility as a leader of his people. The play was produced by actress Katharine Cornell and featured two songs specially written for the play by Leonard Bernstein
A sleep of prisoners, a play by Christopher Fry( Book )

77 editions published between 1951 and 1970 in 3 languages and held by 1,387 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In "A Sleep of Prisoners" Mr. Fry investigates dramatically the problems of four prisoners of war. Locked up in a church in enemy territory, the men find that both personal and general conflicts become more explosive in confinement. One soldier loses his temper and half strangles bis friend. In succeeding dreams each prisoner demonstrates his inner response to the events, extending himself, his companions and the problems they face on to a spiritual plane. The immediate surroundings suggest Biblical protagonists to the dreamers, and the attempted murder is seen successively in the stories of Cain and Abel, David and Absalom, and Abraham and Isaac. The general situation is seen by the fourth dreamer reflected in the story of Shadrac, Meshac, and Abednego.
Curtmantle : a play by Christopher Fry( Book )

39 editions published between 1961 and 1966 in 3 languages and held by 1,384 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The plot deals with Henry II of England and his conflict with Thomas Becket
Tiger at the gates = (La guerre de Troie n'aura pas lieu) by Jean Giraudoux( Book )

35 editions published between 1955 and 1985 in English and Multiple languages and held by 1,297 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A translation by Christopher Fry of the author's play, La guerre de Troie n'aura pas lieu
A yard of sun; a summer comedy by Christopher Fry( Book )

18 editions published between 1952 and 1972 in English and held by 1,201 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the courtyard of the Palazzo del Traguardo ("traguardo" means goal or winning-post) in Siena, Italy, during the summer of 1946, the year of the first Palio race after the devastation of the War, Angelino Bruno, the caretaker, prepares to reopen the Palazzo and welcome the new owners. He tells his sons Roberto and Luigi (a third son, Edmondo, had left home intent on becoming rich by whatever means) the great news that the great jockey Cambriccio will be riding for them in the Palio: a horse race where the horses represent different wards (contzade) of Siena. A rival jockey, Alfio, comes searching for his lost father, Cesare Scapare. Giosetta Scapare, Angelino's neighbor, Cesare's wife and mother of Grazia (who had found Alfio looking for the Palazzo), tells Alfio that his father had been arrested three years ago and has not returned, and that Grazia is his half sister. Though admiring Alfio's courage to show up in rival territory, the Bruno brothers advise him to leave before he gets attacked. The new Palazzo owners arrive, and turn out to be the now wealthy Edmondo and his wife, Ana-Clara. The reunion turns chaotic as Roberto's resentment of his brother becomes heated, news comes of Cesare's returning, and Cambriccio is injured in a trial run of the race. Luigi becomes the unlikely winner of the Palio, and each member of the family heads towards their individual goals."
The lark : [play] by Jean Anouilh( Book )

28 editions published between 1947 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 1,189 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chapman, writing in the New York News called The Lark: "a beautiful, beautiful play It is always the story of a simple girl who became an inspired warrior and then was tried by the church but there have been several ways of telling it. Anouilh's way, and Miss Hellman's, is to try to tell the story from two viewpoints. One of them is how we look at the tale now as a piece of history, with our knowledge of how the girl's blundering captors unwittingly created a martyr who became forever a symbol of courage and faith. The other viewpoint has been to try to imagine what it must have been like to be Joan herself. Both approaches to this legend of the Martyr of Rouen have been splendidly realized by the technique of divorcing the drama from the confinements of time, sequence and space. Until the last moment a thrilling and uplifting one of Joan's greatest earthly triumph, the coronation of the worthless Dauphin for whom she fought there is no scenery in the usual sense, merely a few levels of steps and platforms, and lights. With this freedom, the story of Joan of Arc can move backward or forward without an interruption, without a jar. It begins with Joan's trial, and her tale of the voices which prompted her one day to set forth and save France from the English. And as she tells her listeners the cold Inquisitor from Spain, the politically cynical Earl of Warwick, the deeply religious but ineffectual Cauchon and all the others of what she heard and what she did, her story comes alive
Plays by Jean Giraudoux( Book )

5 editions published in 1963 in English and held by 1,074 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The boy with a cart; Cuthman, Saint of Sussex; a play by Christopher Fry( Book )

78 editions published between 1939 and 1979 in English and held by 1,025 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tell the story of Cuthman, Saint of Sussex
Cyrano de Bergerac : a heroic comedy in five acts by Edmond Rostand( Book )

11 editions published between 1975 and 2008 in English and held by 993 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set in the Paris of Louis XIII‚ Edmond Rostand's immortal play is a swashbuckling tale of a master swordsman‚ gallant soldier‚ peerless wit‚ and poet who is cursed with an enormous nose. Despite his gifts‚ Cyrano despairs of winning the beautiful Roxane and agrees to help his less talented rival‚ Christian‚ woo her with eloquent words
Ring round the moon : a charade with music by Jean Anouilh( Book )

39 editions published between 1950 and 1980 in English and held by 966 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Adapted from Jean Anouilh's play Invitation to the Castle (1947), Ring Round the Moon is a whimsical jaunt of love and matchmaking. Set in the winter garden of an estate during a ball, the poor but lovely dancer Isabelle has arrived at the invitation of Hugo, a charming scoundrel and twin brother to Frederic, a young man hopelessly in love. However, Hugo believes that Frederic loves the wrong woman--the manipulative millionairess Diana--and wants to use Isabelle to break up the engagement. At the same time, Isabelle must hide her identity (and melodramatic mother) to play the part of a wealthy socialite. Lady India, Hugo's eccentric cousin, is the mistress of Diana's father Messerschmann, but carrying on a secret romance with Messerschmann's secretary, Patrice. And Madame Desmortes, the hostess of everyone, has just about had it with everyone's secrets. A light confection of mistaken identities and heartbreak schemes, Ring Round the Moon is joyful and sublime in its portrayal of a Cinderella finding her true love at an unexpected ball
Thor, with angels : a play by Christopher Fry( Book )

51 editions published between 1948 and 1957 in English and held by 863 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Portrays a man's conversion from the Norse religion to Christianity
Contemporary drama : eleven plays, American, English, European by Ernest Bradlee Watson( Book )

2 editions published in 1956 in English and held by 856 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Bible : in the beginning by John Huston( Visual )

28 editions published between 1966 and 2014 in English and Portuguese and held by 732 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Depicts the first 22 chapters of Genesis on an epic scale, including the story of man's creation, his fall, his survival, and his indomitable faith in the future
Barabbas by Richard Fleischer( Visual )

22 editions published between 1961 and 2012 in 5 languages and held by 722 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Miao shu ba la ba yu ye su tong ding shi zi jia que huo zhong sheng, jing duo ci shi lian yu mi wang zhong yu gui zhu
An experience of critics by Christopher Fry( Book )

22 editions published between 1952 and 1953 in English and Undetermined and held by 663 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"What place does the dramatic critic have in the theatre today? For whom does he write? Whom does he influence and why? Is he, in fact, necessary? These questions are posed and answered in this book by a brilliant modern playwright, a famous contemporary actor, and eight distinguished dramatic critics. Christopher Fry writes, at length, about his own and other people's experience of critics. What he expects of them and how they have helped or failed him. The critics explain, as succinctly as they are obliged to criticize in their columns, what their own approach is to their work, and Alec Guinness provides a provoking introduction. Presiding over the discussion is the cartoonist Ronald Searle, who contributes eighteen pen caricatures in his most successful manner."
Duel of angels : (Pour Lucrèce) by Jean Giraudoux( Book )

11 editions published between 1958 and 1961 in English and held by 601 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A modern retelling of the myth of the Rape of Lucretia, set in a pastoral village in France in 1868
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Cyrano de Bergerac : a heroic comedy in five acts
The lark : [play]Cyrano de Bergerac : a heroic comedy in five actsChristopher Fry : a dramatic reassessment of the Fry/Eliot era of British verse drama
Alternative Names
Christopher Fry

Christopher Fry britischer Schriftsteller und Dramatiker

Christopher Fry British writer

Christopher Fry Brits auteur

Christopher Fry dramaturg angielski

Christopher Fry drammaturgo britannico

Christopher Fry écrivain britannique

Christopher Fry engelsk dramatiker, 1907-

Christopher Fry escriptor britànic

Christopher Fry escritor británico

Christopher Fry scriitor britanic

Christopher Fry shkrimtar britanik

Christopher Fry Suurbritannia kirjanik

Fry, Christopher

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Fry, Christopher, 1907-2005

Fry Christopher Harris

Harris, Arthur Hammond, 1907-2005

Harris, Christopher

Harris, Christopher 1907-2005

Harris, Christopher Fry.

Harris, Christopher Fry, 1907-2005

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