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  - Su Carter - Goodreads

Really, really enjoyed this book, so many wonderful ideas and explanations...Northrop Frye is now one of my favourite authors. Read full review

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User Review  - Jonathan Gill - Goodreads

The title is a reference to William Blake, not Dan Brown. Northrop Frye, a leading scholar in the New Criticism movement, has set out to apply his literary theory to the Bible. Why? His answer is that ... Read full review



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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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