Northrop Frye on Shakespeare

Northrop Frye

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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.
“The sensibility and wisdom informing the book make it a delight.”—S. Schoenbaum, New York Times Book Review
“The most accessible and sheerly enjoyable of [Frye’s] books….The effect is that of listening to a fluent, genial conversationalist who loves Shakespeare and unabashedly celebrates him in that high aspect of criticism well called ‘appreciation.’”—Edmund Fuller, Wall Street Journal
“A boon to both Shakespearean scholars and readers dipping into the Bard’s work for the first time. … Written with verve, erudition and more-than-occasional humor, this ‘summing-up’ of 50 years of scholarship will be read with pleasure, profit and gratitude by drama lovers for years to come.”—Kirkus Reviews
Northrop Frye, professor of English, has been on the faculty of the University of Toronto for almost fifty years.  He is the author of numerous books, including the seminal work Anatomy of Criticism

"To see, at long last, Frye's overview of the Shakespearean world in its totality, after having so long been teased with brilliant perceptions of the pieces, is a critical and a publishing occasion of great importance to all of us."—Alvin B. Kernan, Avalon Professor of Humanities, Princeton University

"A boon to both Shakespearean scholars and readers dipping into the Bard's works for the first time. . . . Written with verve, erudition and more-than-occasional humor, this 'summing-up' of 50 years of scholarship will be read with pleasure, profit and gratitude by drama lovers for years to come."—Kirkus Reviews

"Frye's study reveals each play's spirit and essence, while also investigating its more concrete components. . . . An excellent introduction from which all readers—students, teachers, or simply the interested—will benefit."—Booklist

"Frye's work is completely accessible, its style crisp and engaging. Most of all, it is full of basic 'good sense' about our most abused literary figure. Highly rewarding."—Library Journal

"Undergraduate lectures these may be, but the sensibility and wisdom informing the book make it a delight for the expert too."—S. Schoenbaum,  New York Times Book Review

"These are admirable lectures and Frye never lets his students depart without giving them something to think about."—Kenneth Muir, Times Higher Education Supplement

"The most accessible and sheerly enjoyable of his books. . . . The effect is that of listening to a fluent, genial conversationalist who loves Shakespeare and unabashedly celebrates him in that high aspect of criticism well called 'appreciation.' It would have been a pleasure to have been in the hall."—Edmund Fuller, Wall Street Journal

"One of the major critical voices of our time. . . . We encounter interpretations new and refreshing. . . . Northrop Frye on Shakespeare is a very human and gratifying performance."—Sidney Homan, Washington Times Magazine

"A find. . . . Frye is a fascinating example of the modern radical thinker finding his text in the classics."—Thomas D'Evelyn, Christian Science Monitor

"Given Frye's longstanding eminence in the halls of academe, it is a pleasure to report that some of his reflections on Shakespeare have now been made available to readers who may not have encountered his writings in the past. . . . The result is a book that is both unusually accessible and unusually challenging."—John F. Andrews, Washington Post Book Review

"There is a rhetorical bite and critical intelligence on display in the work that just might help undergraduates sense that there is something more to literary study than getting either the 'facts' or the moral pieties down pat."—Jeane E. Howard, Studies in English Literature

"Frye in almost any form can hardly keep from being provocative, challenging, and illuminating."—Joseph H. Summers, Shakespeare Quarterly

"This valuable introductory work is an accessible appreciation of Shakespeare's plays rather than a research tool, Frye brings the plays to life as drama."—Marion Lomax, Literature and History

"The lectures are atonce an admirably clear introduction to and a sophisticated study of Shakespeare's plays, as exciting for those who have been reading Shakespeare for years as for those who have just begun."—Karen L. Edwards, Kenyon Review

"One of the best literary critics of our time provides an introduction, full of insight, to the genius of Shakespeare through a study of ten plays."—Oxford Times

"This renowned Canadian critic and theorist is best known for abstruse literary theories, but these essays taken from lectures in an undergraduate introductory course are both rich in insight and compelling in their clarity. They are clearly designed to enhance a first encounter with the plays discussed, and they undoubtedly succeed in that goal."—Kliatt
ISBN: 9780300042085
Publication Date: September 10, 1988
186 pages, 6 x 9

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