The Fry Chronicles: An Autobiography

The Fry Chronicles: An Autobiography

by Stephen Fry


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But when he arrived at Cambridge he was a convicted thief, an addict, and a failed suicide, convinced that he would be expelled. Instead, university life offered him love and the chance to entertain. He befriended bright young things like Hugh Laurie, now the star of House, and Emma Thompson. This is the hilarious and utterly compelling story of how the Stephen the world knows (or thinks it knows) took his first steps in the worlds of theater, radio, television, and film. Tales of scandal and champagne jostle with insights into hard-earned stardom. The Fry Chronicles is not afraid to confront the chasm that separates public image from private feeling, and it is marvelously rich in trademark wit and verbal brilliance.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781468301489
Publisher: The Overlook Press
Publication date: 09/25/2012
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 523,885
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Stephen Fry is an actor, producer, director, and writer who has starred in numerous TV series including Blackadder, Jeeves & Wooster, and the sketch show A Bit of Fry & Laurie. He is the bestselling author of four novels as well as several works of nonfiction.

Table of Contents

Illustrations ix

Introduction 1

C is for C12H22O11 for Cereal, for Candy, for Caries, for Cavities, for Carbohydrates, for Calories 5

C is for Cigarettes for Convict, for Cundall, for Corporal Punishment, for Common Pursuit, for Cessation 24

1 College to Colleague 65

Cambridge 65

College and Class 73

Chess, Classics, Classical Composers, Curiosity and Cheating 80

Caledonia 1 123

Cherubs, Coming Out, Continent 130

Challenge 1 137

Corpus Christening 141

Chariots 1 144

Caledonia 2 152

Conveniences 157

Committees 161

Cycle 165

Comedy Colleague, Collaborator and Comrade 165

Continuity and Clubroom 172

Comedy Credits 179

Cooke 182

Chariots 2 186

Corpsing Chorus 188

Cellar Tapes and Celebration 190

Cheerio, Cambridge 195

Caledonia 3 197

2 Comedy 201

Carry on Capering 202

Clash of Cultures 204

Chelsea, Coleherne Clones and Conscience 220

Colonel and Coltrane 227

Computer 1 232

Commercial 234

Create! 238

Car 243

Challenge 2 245

Cinema 249

Church and Chekhov 254

Cockney Capers 258

Chichester 1 270

Crises of Confidence 275

Celebrity 280

Commercials, Covent Garden, Compact Discs, Cappuccinos and Croissants 291

Crystal Cube 295

Columnist 299

Cryptic in Connecticut 300

Contortionist 305

Critics and Couriers 310

Confirmed Celibate 318

Characters and the Corporation 325

Colonel and Mrs Chichester 335

Computer 2 341

Conspicuous Consumption 350

Country Cottages, Cheques, Credit Cards and Classic Cars 350

Carlton Club Crustiness 372

Courtly Comedy 382

Cora Christmas, Cassidy, C4, Clapless Clapham, Cheeky Chappies and Coltrane's Cock 390

Clipper Class, Côte Basque and Choreography 409

C 425

Acknowledgements 427

Index 429

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"You'd have to be not just very smart but witty, humorous and inventive to have had the career he has, but still more to encapsulate so much of it, playfully yet seriously, in this book."

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The Fry Chronicles: An Autobriography 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
LARA335 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Thoroughly enjoyed this. Wonderfully written, actually liked the name-dropping, and very pleased that superman Stephen Fry got a 2:1 and that Hugh Laurie got a 3rd, I paraphrase: 'he would be the first to admit that you know more about palaeontology than he does'.It falls slightly short of the 5* because Stephen is so intent on being charming, that I don't quite understand how he comes across as being not emotionally bothered that his live-in-lover takes a live-in-lover. Surely if he is not perturbed, he should be perturbed about not being naturally perturbed? A small gripe, found this funny, revealing, and very entertaining.
helenleech on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This autobiography, which covers his young adult years, made me wonder what's truer: our view of Stephen Fry or his own? I think he's intelligent, articulate, accomplished, and charming. He thinks he has wasted his talents, and claims to be deceitful and pretentious and obsessed with fame. Over the course of the book you come to believe that he believes this: his self-loathing comes through loud and clear. I think that he is self-deluding: but there again, maybe I am too. What's objectively clear is that he is hard-working, enormously articulate, has a phenomenal memory and tells a good story. It's nice to think that we can still produce national treasures in the Peter Ustinov mould.
scubasue59 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A great use of words- no surprise there then! Funny and honest (I think!), displaying a certain vulnerablilty.
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Not so much an autobiography as a shallow and grossly extended talk show act. Fry meets no one who isn't famous, goes no where that isn't glamorous, does nothing that isn't important to the Nation's cultural heritage, and manages to end up as shallow as when he started.