[Christopher Fry, verse dramatist, on William Shakespeare.] Unpublished printed paper, titled 'Shakespeare Thoughts in 1964'.

Christopher Fry (1907-2005), verse dramatist [William Shakespeare]
Publication details: 
No place or date. [1964.]
SKU: 21923

A scarce item: privately printed and unpublished. No other copy traced, on WorldCat or COPAC. 8pp, 8vo. A piece of workmanlike printing, on the rectos of eight leaves, stapled into light-brown wraps, with the cover bearing the title ('SHAKESPEARE THOUGHTS IN 1964' at head) and Fry's name ('Christopher Fry' at foot), and with black tape along spine. Drophead title on first page 'SHAKESPEARE', and with 'CHRISTOPHER FRY' at end. Minor autograph emendation by Fry on p.4. In good condition, lightly aged, with dogeared corner. Fry believes that the celebration of the quatercentenary of Shakespeare's birth is not 'a tribute to only one man. The power and reach of Shakespeare sprang, in some sort, from the men who prepared his way, from his predecessors and contemporaries, from the heart-beat of his own time, from those who heard him as well as those who performed him. In other words, we celebrate what is best and most living in the spirit of man; we give thanks for a vision of what men can think, and feel, and create; not only for the genius of one man, but for a knowledge of the capability of mankind. If we can comprehend Shakespeare, we are of him.' As the paper proceeds he finds that 'the sparkling springwater' of Shakespeare's youth, 'after its descent into the underworld, can burst forth again at the end of his life, fresher and purer than ever'. From Christopher Fry's Library.