The Great Code: The Bible and Literature

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Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1983 - Bible and literature - 261 pages
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"A world-renowned critic and scholar examines the continuing cultural importance of the Bible as the single most important influence in the imaginative tradition of Western art and literature. Frye rejects both dogmatic and literal interpretations while celebrating the uniqueness of the Bible as distinct from all other epics and sacred texts. His highly original analysis shows the Bible as redeeming history with a visionary poetic perspective that complements science in the understanding of man's nature."--Book cover.

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User Review  - KirkLowery - LibraryThing

This book is Frye's take on the Bible and its meaning. As a literary critic, he's clearly out of his element tackling the Bible: he makes egregious mistakes, is dependent upon biblical scholars for ... Read full review

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User Review  - dmmjlllt - LibraryThing

Abandoned - reminds me why I stopped reading "literary theory" twenty years ago. None of it ever makes the slightest bit of sense - it's all just endless, profound-sounding blather. WASTE OF MY PRECIOUS, PRECIOUS READING TIME. Read full review

Contents

MYTH I
31
CHAPTER THREE
53
CHAPTER FOUR
78
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About the author (1983)

Herman Northrop Frye was born in 1912 in Quebec, Canada. His mother educated him at home until the fourth grade. After graduating from the University of Toronto, he studied theology at Emmanuel College for several years and actually worked as a pastor before deciding he preferred the academic life. He eventually obtained his master's degree from Oxford, and taught English at the University of Toronto for more than four decades. Frye's first two books, Fearful Symmetry (1947) and Anatomy of Criticism (1957) set forth the influential literary principles upon which he continued to elaborate in his numerous later works. These include Fables of Identity: Studies in Poetic Mythology, The Well-Tempered Critic, and The Great Code: The Bible and Literature. Frye died in 1991.

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