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Stephen Fry

Author of Mythos: The Greek Myths Retold

103+ Works 27,470 Members 574 Reviews 153 Favorited

About the Author

Stephen Fry is an award-winning comedian, actor, presenter, and director. He is also the bestselling author of four novels - The Stars' Tennis Balls, Making History, The Hippopotamus, and The Liar-as well as two previous memoirs- Moab Is My Washpot and The Fry Chronicles, the latter of which is show more available from The Overlook Press. show less
Disambiguation Notice:

Note: Both Mrs Stephen Fry and Edna Fry are pseudonyms of Stephen Fry used on: Mrs. Fry's Diary and How to Have an Almost Perfect Marriage.

Image credit: 1996, Oxford

Series

Works by Stephen Fry

Mythos: The Greek Myths Retold (2017) — Author; Narrator, some editions — 3,700 copies
The Liar (1991) 3,216 copies
Moab Is My Washpot (1997) 3,067 copies
Making History (1996) 2,470 copies
The Hippopotamus (1994) 2,145 copies
The Fry Chronicles (2010) 2,099 copies
Heroes: The Greek Myths Reimagined (2018) — Author; Narrator, some editions — 1,762 copies
The Stars' Tennis Balls (2000) 1,725 copies
Troy: The Greek Myths Reimagined (2020) — Author; Narrator, some editions — 1,214 copies
Paperweight (1992) 1,065 copies
Stephen Fry in America (2008) 715 copies
More Fool Me (2014) 459 copies
Mrs Fry's Diary (2010) 206 copies
Rescuing the Spectacled Bear (2002) 102 copies
Fry's Ties (2021) 65 copies
A bit more Fry and Laurie (1991) 63 copies
The Liar/The Hippopotamus (1900) 55 copies
Bright Young Things {2003 film} (2003) — Director; Screenwriter — 48 copies
Political Correctness Gone Mad? (2018) — Contributor — 30 copies
Fry & Laurie: Bit No. 4 (1995) 30 copies
How to Have an Almost Perfect Marriage (1600) — Foreword, some editions — 27 copies
The Machine That Made Us (2007) 5 copies
Untitled (2022) 4 copies
Pocoyo- Boo! (2015) 2 copies
Stalag Luft 2 copies
Helden (2022) 2 copies
The Night Before Christmas — Narrator — 1 copy
The Inventor 1 copy
Galaxy 1 copy
2018 1 copy
Paperweight, Volume 1 (2012) 1 copy

Associated Works

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (1997) — Narrator, some editions — 134,349 copies
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (1998) — Narrator, some editions — 110,858 copies
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (1999) — Narrator, some editions — 107,606 copies
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2000) — Narrator, some editions — 102,786 copies
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2005) — Narrator, some editions — 101,705 copies
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2003) — Narrator, some editions — 101,320 copies
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (2007) — Narrator, some editions — 96,909 copies
The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890) — Narrator, some editions — 39,691 copies
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1979) — Narrator, some editions — 38,913 copies
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1892) — Narrator, some editions — 15,765 copies
The Hound of the Baskervilles (1902) — Narrator, some editions — 15,408 copies
A Study in Scarlet (1887) — Narrator, some editions — 7,829 copies
The Salmon of Doubt: Hitchhiking the Galaxy One Last Time (2002) — Foreword, some editions — 6,583 copies
The Sign of Four (1890) — Narrator, some editions — 5,086 copies
A Bear Called Paddington (1958) — Narrator, some editions — 4,142 copies
And Another Thing... (2009) — Narrator, some editions — 3,076 copies
The Book of General Ignorance (2006) — Foreword, some editions; Preface — 2,461 copies
The Ickabog (2020) — Narrator, some editions — 1,596 copies
Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives (2009) — Narrator, some editions — 1,556 copies
More About Paddington (1959) — Narrator, some editions — 1,270 copies
V for Vendetta [2005 film] (2005) — Actor — 839 copies
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug [2013 film] (2013) — Actor — 768 copies
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows [2011 film] (2011) — Actor — 706 copies
Alice in Wonderland [2010 film] (2010) — Actor — 689 copies
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy [2005 film] (2005) — Voice — 638 copies
QI: The Second Book of General Ignorance (2010) — Foreword, some editions — 567 copies
Piglet Meets a Heffalump (1975) — Reader, some editions — 512 copies
The QI Book of Animal Ignorance (2007) — Foreword — 508 copies
Gosford Park [2001 film] (2001) — Actor — 411 copies
The Library Book (2012) — Contributor — 398 copies
Chariots of Fire [1981 film] (1981) — Actor — 372 copies
Sherlock Holmes (2017) — Narrator, some editions — 364 copies
The Book of General Ignorance : The Noticeably Stouter Edition (2009) — Foreword, some editions — 354 copies
Paddington Here and Now (2008) — Narrator, some editions — 353 copies
QI: Advanced Banter (2008) — Prologue — 341 copies
What Ho!: The Best of P.G.Wodehouse (0002) — Introduction, some editions — 291 copies
Last Chance to See: In the Footsteps of Douglas Adams (2009) — Foreword — 263 copies
Mirrormask [2005 film] (2005) 209 copies
Seeing Things (2000) — Foreword, some editions — 187 copies
Alice Through the Looking Glass [2016 film] (2016) — Actor — 182 copies
Jeeves & Wooster: The Complete Collection (1990) — Actor — 170 copies
Stephen Fry's Victorian Secrets (2018) — Narrator — 167 copies
Chocolate and Cuckoo Clocks: The Essential Alan Coren (2008) — Introduction — 149 copies
Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Audio Collection (2017) — Narrator — 138 copies
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: Quandary Phase (2005) — Narrator — 137 copies
Cold Comfort Farm [1995 film] (1995) — Actor — 124 copies
Blackadder Remastered: The Ultimate Edition (2008) — Actor — 110 copies
Love & Friendship [2016 film] (2016) — Actor — 99 copies
The Art of Gormenghast (2000) — Foreword — 96 copies
Stormbreaker [2006 film] (2006) — Actor — 92 copies
Paddington's Finest Hour (2017) — Narrator, some editions — 90 copies
Man of My Dreams: Provocative Writing on Men Loving Men (1996) — Contributor — 78 copies
St. Trinian's [2007 film] (2007) — Actor — 74 copies
Wilde [1997 film] (1997) — Actor — 74 copies
Oscar Wilde's Stories for All Ages (2009) — Introduction; Narrator, some editions; Compiler; Editor — 65 copies
I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue: The Best of Forty Years (2012) — Foreword — 59 copies
Winnie the Pooh: A Full-Cast Dramatization (1997) — Narrator — 59 copies
Jeeves & Wooster: The Complete First Season (1990) — Actor — 56 copies
Great Classic Stories: 22 Unabridged Classics (2005) — Narrator — 54 copies
Paddington Turns Detective and Other Funny Stories (2018) — Narrator, some editions — 47 copies
Utterly Utterly Merry Comic Relief Christmas Book (1986) — Contributor — 46 copies
A Handful of Dust [1988 film] (1988) — Actor — 45 copies
Missing Link [2019 film] (2019) — Actor — 44 copies
Fantastic Mr Fox and Other Animal Stories (2004) — Narrator, some editions — 38 copies
Paddington at St. Paul's (2018) — Narrator, some editions — 36 copies
Jeeves & Wooster: The Complete Second Season (1991) — Actor — 35 copies
Lived in London: The Stories Behind the Blue Plaques (2009) — Foreword — 34 copies
First Light: A celebration of Alan Garner (2016) — Contributor — 29 copies
Jeeves & Wooster: The Complete Third Season (1992) — Actor — 28 copies
Death Comes to Time (2002) — Performer, some editions — 28 copies
Blackadder Goes Forth (BBC Radio Collection) (1995) — Performer — 25 copies
Jeeves & Wooster: The Complete Fourth Season (1993) — Actor — 25 copies
Piglet Meets a Heffalump and Other Stories (1996) — Narrator, some editions — 23 copies
Peter's Friends [1992 film] (1992) 23 copies
Shakespeare: Twelfth Night [2013 film] (2013) — Actor — 21 copies
Letters of Note: Music (2020) — Narrator, some editions — 16 copies
Letters of Note: Grief (2021) — Narrator, some editions — 16 copies
A Feast of Stories (1996) — Contributor — 15 copies
Letters of Note: Cats (2020) — Narrator, some editions — 15 copies
Letters of Note: Dogs (2021) — Narrator, some editions — 14 copies
Animals United [2010 film] (2010) — Actor — 14 copies
The Sandman: Season 1 (2022) — Actor — 13 copies
Kingdom: Series 1 [2007 TV series] (2012) — Actor — 13 copies
Blackadder II (BBC Radio Collection) (1995) — Performer — 12 copies
Hidden Kingdoms (2014) — Narrator — 12 copies
Blackadder the Third (BBC Radio Collection) (1992) — Performer — 11 copies
Kingdom: Series Two [DVD] (2009) — Actor — 10 copies
Letters of Note: New York City (2021) — Narrator, some editions — 10 copies
Letters of Note: Outer Space (2021) — Narrator, some editions — 10 copies
Wagner & Me (2011) 9 copies
Letters of Note: War (2020) — Narrator, some editions — 9 copies
Bloody Lucky: Writing on Cricket (1994) — Contributor — 8 copies
Letters of Note: Sex (2021) — Narrator, some editions — 8 copies
Roald Dahl Audio Collection: 10 Books on 27 CDs (2006) — Narrator, some editions — 8 copies
A Selection of Oscar Wilde's Short Stories (2008) — Narrator — 7 copies
The Best of Paddington Bear (Unabridged Audiobook, 3-in-1) (1985) — Reader, some editions — 7 copies
Whatever Happened to Harold Smith? [1999 film] (2000) — Actor — 7 copies
Letters of Note: Fathers (2021) — Narrator, some editions — 6 copies
QI: E to G [DVD] (2007) — Host — 5 copies
Thunderpants [2002 film] (2008) — Actor — 4 copies
QI: A to D [DVD] (2003) — Host — 3 copies
QI: H to J [DVD] (2010) — Host — 3 copies
Blackadder's Christmas Carol (BBC Radio Collection) (1996) — Performer — 3 copies
QI: K to M [DVD] (2013) — Host — 3 copies
The Borrowers [2011 TV movie] (2011) — Actor — 2 copies
Short Stories: The Thinking Man's Collection (2010) — Narrator, some editions — 2 copies
The Vicar of Nibbleswicke and Other Stories (2012) — Narrator, some editions — 2 copies
Jeeves and Wooster: Jeeves Takes Charge (1990) — Actor — 1 copy
Short Stories: The Nostalgia Collection (2008) — Narrator — 1 copy
A Celebration of 20 Years of the Groucho Club (2006) — Foreword — 1 copy
Duck Duck Goose [2018 film] (2018) — Actor — 1 copy

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Common Knowledge

Canonical name
Fry, Stephen
Legal name
Fry, Stephen John
Other names
Fry, Mrs Stephen (pseudonym)
Fry, Edna (pseudonym)
Birthdate
1957-08-24
Gender
male
Nationality
UK
Country (for map)
England, UK
Birthplace
Hampstead, London, England, UK
Places of residence
Booton, Norfolk, England, UK
London, England, UK
Education
University of Cambridge (MA | 1981 | Queens' College)
Occupations
actor
writer
comedian
television presenter
film director
administrator (show all 7)
atheist
Relationships
Spencer, Elliott (husband)
Organizations
Noël Coward Society (vice president)
Cambridge University Quiz Society
British Humanist Association (distinguished supporter)
Dundee University (rector|1992-1998)
Garrick Club (member)
Awards and honors
Best Actor (Seattle International Film Festival | 1998)
Pipe Smoker of the Year (2003)
Best Game Show Host (Rose d'Or Light Entertainment Festival | 2006)
Lifetime Achievement Award (British Comedy Awards | 2007)
Special Recognition Award (National Television Awards | 2010)
British LGBT award (Hero of the people | 2019) (show all 8)
AoC Gold Award (2004)
Commander of the Order of the Phoenix (2021)
Agent
Anthony Goff (David Higham Associates)
Short biography
Best known for his comedic work in the 1980s and 1990s with fellow UK actor Hugh Laurie as half of the comedy team Fry & Laurie, and as Jeeves in the UK television series adaptation of P. G. Wodehouse's Jeeves & Wooster books. Has also portrayed Oscar Wilde in the UK film Wilde. Has also worked with Ade Edmonson and Rick Mayall, often guest-starring in their own television series', The Young Ones and Filthy, Rich & Catflap, with comedic partner Laurie.

Has battled bipolar disorder. Is a self-described technology fiend.

Currently spends a lot of time on his iPhone updating his Twitter microblog.
Disambiguation notice
Note: Both Mrs Stephen Fry and Edna Fry are pseudonyms of Stephen Fry used on: Mrs. Fry's Diary and How to Have an Almost Perfect Marriage.

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A phenomenal and unexpurgated modern retelling of the Greek myths, giving them a vitality missing from the standard texts. Highly recommended.
 
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kokeyama | 103 other reviews | May 25, 2024 |
I read to almost the halfway point but didn't go on -- kept hoping it would get better but it didn't. Neither the plot nor the characters interested me, there was a lot of vulgar language for no very good reason that I could tell. It was simply a distasteful read, as far as I was concerned.
 
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dvoratreis | May 22, 2024 |
On rereading this book, I'm upgrading it to 5 stars. (Although I should note I'm a pathetic Stephen Fry acolyte, so you should hold my judgment to be as something written on water.)

Fry carefully takes the reader through essentially all the key concepts to understand poetry. Metre, looking at poetic feet, enjambment, caesura, sprung rhythm and syllabic poetry among others; Rhyme, exploring types of rhyme including feminine, triple, and rich; Form, in which he interrogates everything from the Pindaric ode to the Villanelle, from the Limerick to the Tanka; and Diction, a brief epilogue on the art of poetry in the 21st century. It is all written in his distinctive style, passionately erudite one second, cheeky the next.

Along the way, Fry includes 20 exercises designed to help the novice poet experiment with forms and styles, while also including plenty of excerpts from poetry dating back to the ancients and forward to the present - as well as his own (deliberately low-key) efforts. For the most part, Fry avoids breathtakingly contemporary styles and blank verse. He notes that these styles are just as important and powerful, but that any artist must begin with an understanding of the basics and the existing work that has been built up over millennia before "breaking free of the pan and doing their own thing", as Elaine Benes would put it.

For some budding poets, this will be rich material. For others, you may not connect with Fry's tone or his focus on the "nuts and bolts" of writing. (I, like Fry, would caution you to reconsider your beliefs!)

Speaking for myself, I don't have any intention of writing poetry, and so I did not do the exercises. For me, the joy of this book was simply in revisiting the breadth of poetic styles in the hands of a master storyteller and armchair academic. With helpful charts, tables, and practical examples along the way, The Ode Less Travelled shines for those of us who still keep bookshelves of reference books. The final 22 pages are a glossary of poetic terms from abecedarian to zeugma (well, there's a couple of joke entries after the latter, but that's for you to enjoy), which will prove equally useful.
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therebelprince | 25 other reviews | Apr 21, 2024 |
This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.
This review refers to the edition illustrated by Jesús Sotés.

Witty and intelligent and highly readable. Fry spends a good amount of time with the primordial deities, imbuing them with more personality than most authors bother with, and gives some of the less common variations on the more well-known myths.

Jesús Sotés's illustrations are lush and vibrant, but I don't believe they're quite right for this book's humorous tone. I think that Sotés's (truly beautiful) work would be perfect for a lavish children's collection of myths.… (more)
½
 
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amanda4242 | 103 other reviews | Mar 27, 2024 |

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Richard E. Grant Narrator, Actor
Guy Henry Actor
Henny Corver Translator
Karolina Schnoor Cover artist
Pon Ruiter Translator
Matthias Frings Übersetzer
Sarah Young Cover artist
Guido Calza Übersetzer
Jana Pernišová Translator
Anna Llisterri Traductor
Royce Becker Cover designer
Georg Deggerich Übersetzer
Morgan Penn Cover designer
Lloyd Ziff Cover artist
Colin Thomas Cover artist
Titia Schuurman Translator
Bill Sanderson Cover artist
Peter Ward Designer
Laura Serra Translator
Ulrike Blumenbach Übersetzer

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Members
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Popularity
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Rating
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Reviews
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ISBNs
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Languages
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Favorited
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