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Christopher Fry

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1907–2005) British dramatist. Born in Bristol, Fry was educated at Bedford Modern School and in 1927 gained his first professional theatrical experience as an actor in ...

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World Encyclopedia

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..., Christopher ( 1907–2005 ) English dramatist , real name Christopher Harris. His witty blank-verse plays are often set in ancient or medieval times. They include A Phoenix Too Frequent ( 1946 ), The Lady's Not for Burning ( 1948 ), and Venus Observed ( 1950...

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature

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2006
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...of some of Fry's early plays. Evans, Gareth Lloyd . The Language of Modern Drama . London, 1977. Good discussion of the development of the poetic drama movement, with some material on Fry's involvement. Hinchcliffe, Arnold . Modern Verse Drama . London, 1977. Discussion of Fry's evolution as a playwright, in the context of the poetic drama movement. Leeming, Glenda . Christopher Fry . Boston, 1990. An insightful and individual reading of Fry's career; a productive overview. Leeming, Glenda . Poetic Drama . London, 1989. With a chapter on Fry's use of...

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Who's Who in the Twentieth Century

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..., Christopher ( Christopher Harris ; 1907–2005 ) British dramatist. Born in Bristol, Fry was educated at Bedford Modern School and in 1927 gained his first professional theatrical experience as an actor in Bath. After a spell as a preparatory schoolteacher ( 1928–31 ) he returned to the theatre as director of the Tunbridge Wells Repertory Players ( 1932–35 ). His play The Boy with a Cart was published in 1939 but not produced professionally until 1950 . In the meanwhile he also directed the Oxford Repertory Players ( 1940 ; 1944–46 ) and worked at...

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The Companion to Theatre and Performance

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2010
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..., Christopher ( 1907–2005 ) English playwright , the most commercially successful writer in the revival of poetic drama in the mid-twentieth century. Unlike *Eliot , Fry pushed poetic language to the foreground, delighting in spiralling metaphors and verbal abundance. The Lady's Not for Burning ( 1948 ) is a romantic medieval *burlesque , set among witch-burners and satirically drawn petty officials. The lightness of his tone and the freedom of the verse proved an attractive antidote to the austerities of post-war London, and the darker themes of the...

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The Concise Oxford Companion to the Theatre (2 ed.)

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2003
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..., Christopher [ Christopher Harris ] ( 1907–2005 ), English dramatist, who took his stage name from his grandmother's maiden name. Originally a schoolmaster, he gained his early experience of the theatre in Oxford, and had already written a couple of pageants, a religious play about St Cuthbert entitled The Boy with a Cart ( 1937 ), and, for Tewkesbury, The Tower ( 1939 ), when he first attracted attention with A Phoenix Too Frequent ( 1946 ), a one-act jeu d'esprit . In 1948 The Firstborn (on the early life of Moses) was seen at the Edinburgh...

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The Oxford Companion to American Theatre (3 ed.)

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2004
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..., Christopher [ né Harris ] ( 1907–2005 ), playwright . The English dramatist's attempt to restore blank‐verse drama to the stage caused a flurry of interest in the 1950s. However, what success his works had in this country could be largely attributed to the allure of the stars who appeared in his plays: The Lady's Not for Burning ( 1950 ) with John Gielgud and Pamela Brown ; A Sleep of Prisoners ( 1951 ), performed in a small church without stars; Venus Observed ( 1952 ) with Rex Harrison and Lilli Palmer ; and The Dark Is Light Enough (...

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The Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature (4 ed.)

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2013
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..., Christopher ( 1907–2005 ) Playwright , born in Bristol. He made his name with works that were hailed in the late 1940s as a sign of a new renaissance of poetic drama; his mystical and religious plays, including A Sleep of Prisoners ( 1951 ), were frequently compared to those of T. S. Eliot , though the theatre‐going public tended to prefer the ebullient optimism and exuberant word‐play of his comedies, e.g. A Phoenix Too Frequent ( 1946 ), The Lady's Not for Burning ( 1949 ), and Venus Observed ( 1950 ). The Dark is Light Enough ( 1954 ) was...

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The Oxford Companion to Twentieth-Century Literature in English

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..., Christopher ( Christopher Harris Fry ) ( 1907–2005 ), British poet and playwright , born in Bristol, the son of a Church of England lay preacher, educated at Bedford Modern School. He later adopted the name of his mother's Quaker family and served in a non-combatant unit in the Second World War. He was a schoolmaster, an actor, and a producer before writing a dramatic tale about St Cuthman, The Boy with a Cart , in 1938 . Much of his subsequent work—for instance, his play about Moses, The Firstborn ( 1948 ), and the pacifist A Sleep of...

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance

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2005
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..., Christopher ( 1907–2005 ) English playwright, the most commercially successful writer in the revival of poetic drama in the mid-twentieth century. Unlike T. S. Eliot , Fry pushed poetic language to the foreground, delighting in spiralling metaphors and verbal abundance. The Lady's Not for Burning ( 1948 ) is a romantic medieval burlesque , set amongst witch-burners and satirically drawn petty officials. The lightness of his tone and the freedom of the verse proved an attractive antidote to the austerities of post-war London , and the darker themes...

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The Oxford Companion to English Literature (7 ed.)

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2009
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..., Christopher ( 1907–2005 ) Born in Bristol of Quaker stock. He worked as schoolmaster, actor, and theatre director before making his name as a playwright with works that were hailed in the late 1940s as a sign of a new renaissance of poetic drama; his mystical and religious plays, including A Sleep of Prisoners ( 1951 ), were frequently compared to those of T. S. Eliot , though the theatre‐going public tended to prefer the ebullient optimism and exuberant word‐play of his comedies, e.g. A Phoenix Too Frequent ( 1946 , based on Petronius ), The Lady's...

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Oxford Dictionary of Modern Quotations (3 ed.)

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2008
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...0Christopher Christopher Fry 1907 – 2005 English dramatist The dark is light enough. title of play (1954) dark is light enough dark is light enough The lady's not for burning. title of play (1949); see thatcher lady 's not for burning lady's not for burning What after all Is a halo? It's only one more thing to keep clean. The Lady's not for Burning (1949) What is a halo one more thing to keep clean Where in this small-talking world can I find A longitude with no platitude? The Lady's not for Burning (1949) small -talking world longitude with...

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Oxford Essential Quotations (6 ed.)

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2018
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...0Christopher Christopher Fry 1907 – 2005 English dramatist The dark is light enough. title of play (1954) dark is light enough dark is light enough The lady's not for burning. title of play (1949); see Thatcher lady 's not for burning lady's not for burning I travel light; as light, That is, as a man can travel who will Still carry his body around because Of its sentimental value. The Lady's not for Burning (1949) act 1 What after all Is a halo? It's only one more thing to keep clean. The Lady's not for Burning (1949) act 1 What after all Is a ...

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Oxford Dictionary of Quotations (8 ed.)

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2014
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...0Christopher Christopher Fry 1907 – 2005 English dramatist The dark is light enough. title of play (1954) dark is light enough dark is light enough I do not know why the necessity of God Should feed on grief; but it seems so. The Firstborn (1948) act 3, sc. 2 necessity of God necessity of God feed on grief The lady's not for burning. title of play (1949); see thatcher lady 's not for burning lady's not for burning What after all Is a halo? It's only one more thing to keep clean. The Lady's not for Burning (1949) act 1 What after all Is a ...

Fry, Christopher [Christopher Fry Harris]

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A Dictionary of Writers and their Works (3 ed.)

..., Christopher [Christopher Fry Harris] ( 1907–2005 ) British dramatist and poet Open Door ( 1936 ) Drama The Boy With a Cart—Cuthman, Saint of Sussex ( 1937 ) Drama Thursday's Child, a Pageant ( 1939 ) Drama A Phoenix Too Frequent ( 1946 ) Drama The Lady's Not for Burning ( 1948 ) Poetry Drama Thor, With Angels ( 1948 ) Drama The Firstborn ( 1948 ) Drama Ring Round the Moon [from Anouilh, L'invitation au chateau ] ( 1950 ) Drama Venus Observed ( 1950 ) Drama A Sleep of Prisoners ( 1951 ) Drama The Dark is Light Enough ( 1954 ) ...

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The Continuum Companion to Twentieth Century Theatre

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2010
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183 words

... ( 1946 ), Thor, with Angels ( 1948 ), Venus Observed ( 1950 ), A Sleep of Prisoners ( 1951 ) and Curtmantle ( 1961 ). Fry was also a notable adapter of Anouilh , Rostand , Giraudoux and Ibsen . Dan Rebellato See also verse drama . Glenda Leeming , Christopher Fry (1990) Emil Roy , Christopher Fry (1968) S. Krishna Sarma , Imagery in the Plays of Christopher Fry (1972) Derek Stanford , Christopher Fry ...

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New Oxford American Dictionary (3 ed.)

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2015
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Oxford Dictionary of English (3 ed.)

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2015
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The New Zealand Oxford Dictionary

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2005
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Christopher Fry

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1907–2005)British dramatist.Born in Bristol, Fry was educated at Bedford Modern School and in 1927 gained his first professional theatrical experience as an actor in Bath. After a spell as a ...
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Christopher Fry and Piers Spencer

The Oxford Companion to Music

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...welter of sound of an orchestral tutti. However, whether applied to the making of music or the listening to it, a properly trained ear is not only an essential part of every musician's technical armoury, but is also a considerable advantage to even the most casual listener. Christopher Fry / Piers Spencer G. Pratt , with M. Henson and S. Cargill , Aural Awareness: Principles and Practice (Milton Keynes and Philadelphia,...

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