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The Correspondence of Northrop Frye and Helen Kemp, 1932-1939

The Correspondence of Northrop Frye and Helen Kemp, 1932-1939: Volume 2

Edited by Robert D. Denham
Volume: 2
Copyright Date: 1996
Pages: 505
  • Book Info
    The Correspondence of Northrop Frye and Helen Kemp, 1932-1939
    Book Description:

    This collection of 266 letters, cards, and telegrams that Helen Kemp and Northrop Frye wrote to each other forms a compelling narrative of their early relationship. The letters reveal Frye?s early talent as a writer.

    eISBN: 978-1-4426-8104-0
    Subjects: Language & Literature

Table of Contents

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-vi)
  3. Abbreviations
    (pp. vii-xii)
  4. 1936–1937
    (pp. 507-768)

    From the time of Kemp’s return from England in October of 1935 until August of 1936, no letters pass between the two correspondents. During these ten months Kemp seems to have been renting a flat, having moved out of her parents’ home, and Frye was living, at least officially, in the Emmanuel College residences. Ayre traces what little we know about their lives during this period. Kemp busied herself with the educational projects of the art gallery, arranging lectures and study groups, and Frye, having set aside his Blake thesis, threw himself into his teaching, assisted E.J. Pratt in reviewing...

  5. [Illustrations]
    (pp. None)
  6. 1938–1939
    (pp. 769-902)

    Before the final group of letters there is a fourteen-month break in the correspondence, and, once again, the details of the Fryes’ lives during this period are sketchy. Frye had told Chancellor Wallace, as indeed he and Kemp had told a host of others, that they were to be married, and exactly a month after he left Toronto for Gordon Bay, they returned to Toronto, where, on 24 August 1937, classmate Arthur Cragg performed the ceremony in the Emmanuel College chapel. When Frye sends news to Elizabeth Fraser of the impending nuptials, she replies curtly, “Good. But see that your...

  7. [Illustrations]
    (pp. None)
  8. Appendix: Directory of People Mentioned in the Correspondence
    (pp. 903-940)
  9. Index
    (pp. 941-979)