Anatomy of Criticism: Four Essays

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Penguin, 1990 - Aesthetics - 383 pages

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I suppose this is one of the canonical works in the genre of "lit crit": in the sense that any aspiring critique professionnelle would feel compelled to have grappled with it at one point or another ... Read full review

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This is a massively well-informed, highly readable work. Frye intended to follow in the footsteps of Aristotle's Poetics and expand its coverage of tragedy to cover all the major forms of (Western ... Read full review

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About the author (1990)

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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