Moab is My Washpot: An Autobiography

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Soho Press, 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 366 pages
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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.

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User Review  - Novak - LibraryThing

Moab is my washpot? A good read, an interesting author but what a stupid, stupid, stupid title. It rivals O. Henry's The Gift of the Magi for a nut-case title for a good book. Read full review

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User Review  - DinadansFriend - LibraryThing

A very honest autobiography that gets full marks for discussing theft, and homosexuality. Good to read. He's mostly a director of stage screen and TV. Read full review

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About the author (2000)

Stephen Fry has written three novels--The Liar, The Hippopotamus and Making History--and played Peter in the film Peter's Friends, Oscar Wilde in the film Wilde, Jeeves in the TV series Jeeves & Wooster, and teamed up with Hugh Laurie in the TV series A Bit of Fry and Laurie.

He currently divides his time between New York and his English homes in London and Norfolk.

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