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Heroes: The myths of the Ancient Greek heroes retold (Stephen Fry’s Greek Myths, 2)

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Fry insists eloquently in his foreword that the dazzling Greek myths are for everyone and require no traditional classical education whatsoever. Tales of fatal flaws, perilous journeys and shining acts of heroism are told with gusto and young and old will be engrossed.

He strikes us today as a modern tragic hero and political animal; it is hard to picture him shaking hands with Heracles or joining the crew of the Argo.Fry and Hitchens argued that the church did more harm than good, and were declared the victors after an audience vote. Few mere mortals have ever embarked on such bold and heart-stirring adventures, overcome myriad monstrous perils, or outwitted scheming vengeful gods, quite as stylishly and triumphantly as Greek heroes. In an easy, accessible style, Fry relates the adventures of some of the best known heroes of Greek mythology, among them Perseus, Heracles (Hercules), Orpheus, Jason, Oedipus, Theseus and one woman, Atlanta.

Fry was an active supporter of the Labour Party for many years and appeared in a party political broadcast on its behalf with Hugh Laurie and Michelle Collins in November 1993. In 2008, Fry's narration for Bond's Paddington Bear story More About Paddington (1959) saw him receive the Audie Award for Young Listeners' Title from the Audio Publishers Association in the U. In an episode of QI, "M-Merriment", originally broadcast in December 2015, Fry was awarded membership of The Magic Circle.

Fry said of his patronage, "I'm proud and delighted to be patron of the first audiobook charity to offer downloads to its members and excited about what this will mean for all print impaired people who can now listen on-the-go. He is the bestselling author of four novels - The Liar, The Hippopotamus, Making History and The Stars' Tennis Balls - as well as three volumes of autobiography - Moab is My Washpot, The Fry Chronicles and More Fool Me. On 30 April 2008, Fry signed an open letter, published in The Guardian newspaper by a number of Jewish personalities, stating their opposition to celebrating the 60th anniversary of the founding of the state of Israel.

On 7 May 2008, Fry gave a speech as part of a series of BBC lectures on the future of public service broadcasting in the United Kingdom, [75] which he later recorded for a podcast. He also interviewed the Prime Minister Tony Blair as part of a series of podcasts released by 10 Downing Street.

From an Anthropocene vantage point, some might question whether the impulse to build one’s own wings and fly suicidally close to the sun ought to be celebrated. For many years Minos has been lucky to have in his court the most gifted inventor, the most skilled artificer outside of the Olympian forges of Hephaestus.

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