Myth and Metaphor: Selected Essays, 1974-1988

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University Press of Virginia, 1991 - Literary Criticism - 386 pages
This collection focuses on the fundamental themes that have dominated Frye's career and made him one of the world's most influential critics. Each of the essays is ultimately about the conventions of language, literature, and discursive thought: the myths, metaphors, cosmologies, images, symbols, and genres that form the fabric of Western writing.

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About the author (1991)

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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