Reading Frye

Reading Frye
James Steele Carleton University

I  P    of essays on Northrop Frye, the

two Australia-based editors state that many recent studies of Frye have led to a “renewed recognition of Frye’s true stature as at least arguably the most important critic of the [twentieth] century.” * ey also point out that much of his work is only now becoming available and that any “rereading” of Frye thus involves understanding his known work in the light of some very new texts and contexts. e eight essays in this volume describe these new texts and contexts, and explore some of their implications. In “e Frye Papers,” Robert D. Denham gives a synoptic account of the manuscripts and typescripts that occupy some twenty-three metres of shelf space in the Victoria University Library in Toronto. ese papers include the correspondence between Frye and Helen Kemp (–) and his student essays (–) both recently published as the first two volumes of his Collected Works. ey also comprise some seven diaries from the ’s and ’s; dozens of miscellaneous papers (including unpublished essays, a report to the Canadian Radio and Television Commission, and manuscripts for unpublished addresses, lectures, and radio talks); about , pages of post- general correspondence “to and from friends, colleagues, and organizations”; and e Guide to Northrop Frye Papers, a list of Frye material held in other repositories, including “information about [his] correspondence in seventeen archives or special collections.” e heart


Rereading Frye: e Published and Unpublished Works, edited by David Boyd and Imre Salusinszky. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, . xxiii, pp. . . (cloth); . (paper).

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of the collection, however, is the million-plus-word corpus of holograph and typed notebooks written over a period of more than fifty years. As Denham notes, Frye explained (in one...