Moab Is My Washpot (Paperback)
This funny, highly quotable, charmingly digressive memoir tells the
story of Stephen Fry's school years. He conveys the texture of
private-school life in late '60s England -- he repeatedly gets into
trouble and begins to realize he's gay, in a time and place where "gay"
is barely even a word. I read this years ago and am thrilled it's
finally back in print in the US.
A number one bestseller in Britain, Stephen Fry's astonishingly frank, funny, wise memoir is the book that his fans everywhere have been waiting for. Since his PBS television debut in the Blackadder series, the American profile of this multitalented writer, actor and comedian has grown steadily, especially in the wake of his title role in the film Wilde, which earned him a Golden Globe nomination, and his supporting role in A Civil Action.
Fry has already given readers a taste of his tumultuous adolescence in his autobiographical first novel, The Liar, and now he reveals the equally tumultuous life that inspired it. Sent to boarding school at the age of seven, he survived beatings, misery, love affairs, carnal violation, expulsion, attempted suicide, criminal conviction and imprisonment to emerge, at the age of eighteen, ready to start over in a world in which he had always felt a stranger. One of very few Cambridge University graduates to have been imprisoned prior to his freshman year, Fry is a brilliantly idiosyncratic character who continues to attract controversy, empathy and real devotion.
About the Author
Stephen Fry is an actor, producer, director, and writer who has appeared in numerous TV series and movies, including Jeeves and Wooster, Wilde, Gosford Park, V for Vendetta and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. He is the bestselling author of four novels and several works of nonfiction. He divides his time between New York and the UK.
Praise for Moab Is My Washpot
"Fry is a master of provocative tangents and he remembers with a cheeky wit . . . Delicious."
—The New Yorker
"An engagingly rueful memoir . . . Enormously entertaining."
—Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times Book Review
"This book bubbles; it boils and it bubbles with wonderful language, quick wit, and loopy digression . . . [Fry's] voice is delightfully irreverent, cozy, smart, funny and insightfully honest . . . A great read!"
“Stephen Fry is one of the great originals . . . That so much outward charm, self
awareness and intellect should exist alongside behaviour that threatened to ruin
the lives of the innocent victims, noble parents and Fry himself, gives the book
a tragic grandeur that lifts it to classic status.”
"Fry, well known for his television roles in the British comedies Jeeves and Wooster and Blackadder, continues to entertain in this fresh and hilarious boyhood memoir . . . His hindsight provides witty entertainment in this gay coming-of-age story that will delight readers . . . With this daring and feisty story, Fry will delight fans and nonfans."
"The engaging Mr. Fry admits to lies, thievery, homosexuality, excessive cleverness, and other peccadilloes in this boarding-school adventure . . . An author in the long and honorable tradition of English Eccentrics, Theatrical Division, presents his coming-of-age story. With all the wit and Pythonesque antics, his book will entertain the Masterpiece Theatre crowd and others as well."