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Northrop Frye on Shakespeare

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Well-known as a critic, Northrop Frye is also a renowned educator. This book, for the first time, allows us access to his classroom. Here he discusses Shakespeare's comedies, histories and tragedies, and introduces us to a new category - Shakespeare's romances, those glittering, frightening, magical plays of the playwright's later years. Dr. Frye presents lucid expositions ...more
Paperback, 186 pages
Published June 15th 2006 by Fitzhenry & Whiteside Limited
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Jan 27, 2016 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting and informative book that helps explain the plots and characters of Shakespeare's plays-- I wanted to read something like this before I try to tackle reading any more of the plays themselves. Hamlet and Macbeth were fairly easy to read, of course, since I"ve seen so many productions of both (and seeing the action/story played out on the stage by actors makes understanding the dry text much easier in contex) but I wanted a scholarly essay that would help analyze some of the other ...more
Refreshing + sound + sane about Shakespeare. Has a chapter on Midsummer as well as incidental comments so reading my way through again in preparation. Good job of discussing language, character and place in literature. Frye also keeps the reader and the conversation grounded in the practicalities of theatre.
- romeo e giulietta
- sogno di una notte di mezza estate
- riccardo III, enrico IV
- amleto
- re lear
- antonio e cleopatra
- misura per misura
- il racconto d'inverno, la tempesta
- la tempesta
focuses on the class system of the time to illuminate WS the historical character...also tries to capture what is going on with WS the poet who speaks to all times and places...too much from the point of view of "the noted critic Northrop Frye" but nonetheless a terrific book
Oct 16, 2009 umberto marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I bought this second-hand Fitzhenry & Whiteside hardcover at the BookExpo XIV (15-25 October) in BKK yesterday (approx. US$ 4.00).
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Jun 26, 2012 David Cain rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Lazarus P Badpenny Esq
Don't be fooled by the thumbnail - my old edition is possibly the ugliest book I've ever seen; nevertheless, it's arrived with a day to spare before my assignment is due.
Apr 03, 2008 peaseblossom rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: critic-lovers
Also a good read-along, Frye only covers some of the plays, but what he does cover is well worth looking at.
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Born in Quebec but raised in New Brunswick, Frye studied at the University of Toronto and Victoria University. He was ordained to the ministry of the United Church of Canada and studied at Oxford before returning to UofT.

His first book, Fearful Symmetry, was published in 1947 to international acclaim. Until then, the prophetic poetry of William Blake had long been poorly understood, considered by
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