Christopher Fry, Thomas Stearns Eliot, and Thomas Becket


Still practicing on this here new-fangled blog thang.

Is anybody out there familiar with the verse dramas of Christopher Fry?

I read several of them back in the 1960s or 1970s, and I seem to recall that I liked them.  Or maybe I just thought that I should.  I don’t remember much about them.

I was and am, though, a confirmed fan of T. S. Eliot’s Murder in the Cathedral.  (It’s possible that I’ll be visiting Canterbury Cathedral again in a few weeks, and, if I do, it will be as much a pilgrimage in honor of Eliot’s play as of Chaucer’s tales or even of St. Thomas à Becket — though I do really like the old Peter O’Toole/Richard Burton film of Becket.)

There.  I’ve worked in a link and an image.  Let’s see how this turns out . . .

Posted from Salt Lake City.



  • joannemcportland

    Hi. I’m a new Patheos blogger on the Catholic channel, and I love Christopher Fry’s works. They’re out of fashion now—blank verse, lots of ideas—but may begin to come back, the way pendulums swing. The Lady’s Not for Burning is his best known (there was a really good 1974 TV production starring Richard Chamberlain, and Kenneth Branagh has done a more recent production). In addition to Eliot, Fry was profoundly influenced by the Metaphysical poet Henry Vaughan, who’s also swell.