Northrop Frye on Shakespeare

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Yale University Press, 1986 - Drama - 186 pages
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One of the greatest literary critics of our time here provides a remarkable introduction to the genius of William Shakespeare through a study of ten of Shakespeare's most popular plays: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Romeo and Juliet, Richard II, Henry IV, Measure for Measure, Hamlet, King Lear, Antony and Cleopatra, The Winter's Tale, and The Tempest. The outgrowth of a lifetime of study and teaching, Frye's insights will inform and delight both the expert and the first-time reader of Shakespeare.
 

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With his latest book, Frye continues to solidify his reputation as one of the most important literary theorists and critics of the 20th century. By concentrating on a handful of Shakespeare's plays ... Read full review

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Wonderful analysis and insight into some of Shakespeare's best plays - my only complaint is that it wasn't ten times longer, or at least long enough to consider Macbeth and Othello. Read full review

Contents

Romeo and Juliet
15
A Midsummer Nights Dream
34
The Bolingbroke Plays
51
Hamlet
82
King Lear
101
Antony and Cleopatra
122
Measure for Measure
140
The Winters Tale
154
The Tempest
171
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About the author (1986)

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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