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Northrop Frye in 1984
Herman Northrop Frye

(1912-07-14)July 14, 1912
Died January 23, 1991(1991-01-23) (aged 78)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Alma mater Victoria College, Toronto
Emmanuel College, Toronto
Merton College, Oxford
School Archetypal literary criticism, Romanticism
Main interests
Imagination, archetype, myth, the Bible
Notable ideas
Archetypes of literature, classless culture

'Herman Northrop Frye, CC, FRSC, usually called Northrop or Norrie, (July 14, 1912 – January 23, 1991) was a Canadian literary critic and literary theorist. This means he wrote about books to help people understand them. He is often said to be one of the most influential critics and theorists of the 20th century.

His most famous book is The Anatomy of Criticism (1957).

Family life

Frye married Helen Kemp, an educator, editor and artist, in 1937. She died in Australia while accompanying Frye on a lecture tour. Two years after her death in 1986, he married Elizabeth Brown. He died in 1991 and was interred in Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Toronto, Ontario.

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