To celebrate the late Northrop Frye's 100th birthday this Saturday, we are giving away a free copy of Frye's The Educated Imagination! To enter the contest, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and mailing address. Entries will be accepted starting July 13 and must be received by July 20 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. Winners will be notified by email and books will ship via USPS.
One of the most influential literary critics/theorists of the 20th century, Frye published four books with IU Press: The Educated Imagination; Spiritus Mundi: Essays on Literature, Myth, and Society; The Critical Path: An Essay on the Social Context of Literary Criticism; and The Eternal Act of Creation: Essays, 1979–1990. Frye rose to fame with his 1947 work Fearful Symmetry, and cemented his legacy with his theory of literary criticism articulated in Anatomy of Criticism (1957), considered perhaps the most valuable literary theory of the era.
The Canadian critic was an innovator that helped shape—indeed, direct—the modern study of literature. Frye supplied the first systematic theory of criticism; in fact, he contended in Anatomy of Criticism that criticism itself was an art independent of literature. His works have influenced such noted writers as Harold Bloom and Margaret Atwood.