Northrop Frye's Uncollected Prose

By Northrop Frye
Edited by Robert D. Denham

© 2015

Northrop Frye’s Uncollected Prose, which features twenty-one pieces in the form of notes, prefaces, reviews, and talks, is the latest addition to the impressive body of writing by and about Frye. Among the highlights of the collection are Frye’s “Notes on Romance,” written in preparation for the lectures that eventually became The Secular Scripture; a newly discovered early notebook, parts of which may date from his second year as an undergraduate at Victoria College; and a pair of previously unavailable interviews. Expertly introduced by Robert D. Denham, one of the leading editors of Frye’s papers, Northrop Frye’s Uncollected Prose offers valuable insight into Frye’s early life, his research methodology, and thought process, and is further proof of the remarkable depth and range of his work.

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Northrop Frye’s Uncollected Prose offers valuable insight into Frye’s early life, his research methodology, and thought process, and is further proof of the remarkable depth and range of his work.

Northrop Frye's Uncollected Prose

By Northrop Frye
Edited by Robert D. Denham

© 2015

Northrop Frye’s Uncollected Prose, which features twenty-one pieces in the form of notes, prefaces, reviews, and talks, is the latest addition to the impressive body of writing by and about Frye. Among the highlights of the collection are Frye’s “Notes on Romance,” written in preparation for the lectures that eventually became The Secular Scripture; a newly discovered early notebook, parts of which may date from his second year as an undergraduate at Victoria College; and a pair of previously unavailable interviews. Expertly introduced by Robert D. Denham, one of the leading editors of Frye’s papers, Northrop Frye’s Uncollected Prose offers valuable insight into Frye’s early life, his research methodology, and thought process, and is further proof of the remarkable depth and range of his work.

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Product Details

  • Series: Frye Studies
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 480 pages
  • Dimensions: 7.5in x 1.4in x 10.1in
  • Reviews

    ‘Denham’s editing is impeccable; his introduction furnishes a guide to readers who may not enjoy Frye’s plot summaries… This new collection gives further reason why we need to take another look at Frye.’


    Mervyn Nicholson
    English Studies in Canada vol 42:1-2:2016

    “The pieces in Northrop Frye’s Uncollected Prose are interesting, informative, and often amusing. They range from Frye’s diary entries as a student to his self-presentation as a university administrator and a widely known literary critic, from the earliest formulations of his ideas to retrospective reflections on his published texts, and from literary to socio-political subjects.”
    Angela Esterhammer, Principal, Victoria College in the University of Toronto

    “An interesting and important coda to the mass of Frye’s writings brought to publication in the Collected Works, this collection provides useful insight into his thought processes, his research and writing procedures, and his early work on such important volumes as The Educated Imagination and The Secular Scripture.”
    Glen Robert Gill, Department of Classics and Humanities, Montclair State University
  • Author Information

    Northrop Frye (1912-1991) was one of the twentieth century's most influential English scholars and literary critics. Northrop Frye was a professor in the Department of English at Victoria University in the University of Toronto from 1939 until his death. His works include Words with Power and Anatomy of Criticism.



    Robert D. Denham is the John P. Fishwick Professor of English Emeritus at Roanoke College and the editor of eleven volumes of the Collected Works of Northrop Frye.

  • Table of contents

    Introduction

    1. 1932 Notebook (mid-1930s)

    2. Intoxicated with Words: The Colours of Rhetoric (1940s)

    3. Review of Books by Rosamond Tuve and Douglas Bush (1953)

    4. Neoclassical Agony: On Wyndham Lewis (1957)

    5. Review of Boris Pasternak’s Doctor Zhivago (1958)

    6. On T.S. Eliot and Other Observations: From Notebook 13 (1960s)

    7. On Finnegans Wake (1961)           

    8. Notes on the Massey Lectures, Yeats, and Other Topics: From Notebook 9 (1962)

    9. Introduction to Fables of Identity (1963)

    10. Response to the Macpherson Report (1967)        

    11. Communication and the Arts: A Humanist Looks at Science and Technology (1969)

    12. Preface to The Stubborn Structure: Essays on Criticism and Society (1969)

    13. Notes on Romance (1974)           

    14. Romance as Secular Scripture: Interview and Discussion at the Thomas More Institute, Montreal (1976)

    15. Preface to Spiritus Mundi (1976)

    16. Victoria College’s Contribution to the Development of Canadian Culture (1977)         

    17. Seeing, Hearing, Praying, Loving (1985)

    18. The Soviet Union and Russia (1989)       

    19. Notes for The Double Vision: Notebook 51 (1990)         

    20. Notes on Miscellaneous Subjects 

    21. The Victoria Chapel Windows

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