Fry, Christopher, 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).

Fry, Sir Edward, 1827-1918, English lawyer. In 1877 he was made a judge of the high court of justice, and he served (1883-92) as judge of the court of appeal. Later he arbitrated several important international disputes at The Hague.
Fry, Elizabeth (Gurney), 1780-1845, English prison reformer and philanthropist. Deeply religious, she was recognized as a minister by the Society of Friends (Quakers). From 1813 she worked untiringly to improve the conditions of women in Newgate prison, advocating separation of the sexes, employment, and religious training. The success of her methods at Newgate impressed the government and were tried in other prisons. For several years she traveled throughout Europe, visiting penal institutions. Her other philanthropies included the founding of soup kitchens in London.

See her memoirs, ed. by her daughters (2 vol., rev. and enl. 1848, repr. 1972); biography by J. H. S. Kent (1963); studies by D. Johnson (1969) and J. Whitney (1937, repr. 1972).

Fry, Roger Eliot, 1866-1934, English art critic and painter. A champion of modern French schools of art, he introduced Cézanne and the postimpressionists to England. From 1905 to 1910 he was curator of paintings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In 1933 he was made Slade Professor of Fine Arts at Cambridge. Interested in all eras, he consistently stressed the importance of analyzing the formal qualities within a work of art. His writings include Vision and Design (1920), Transformations (1926), Cézanne (1927), and an outstanding collection, posthumously published, Last Lectures (1939).

See his letters, ed. by D. Sutton (2 vol., 1973); biography by V. Woolf (1940).

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  • Frying, a method of cooking in a pan or pot which may involve immersion in a fat
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    • Fry Kids, fictional characters that represent French fries in McDonalds' advertising
    • Frylock, a fictional character from Aqua Teen Hunger Force consisiting of a box of French fries
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