Collected Works of Northrop Frye

The Collected Works of Northrop Frye have been published by the University of Toronto Press, under the general editorship of Dr. Alvin A. Lee, in thirty volumes. Using the large collection of Frye's papers in the Pratt Library of Victoria University, this scholarly edition includes an extensive body of Frye works not published during his lifetime: correspondence (private and professional), essays written by him as a student, diaries, speeches, interviews, fiction, and extensive notebooks. The last of these open a startling new window on the mind of Frye, allowing us to see his intellectual and spiritual aspirations, his mind at work day by day, drafts of his books and other writings, and a large overview of his life's work. In addition to the previously unpublished texts, the collected edition brings together Frye's extensive previously published work in thematic groups. Important Frye scholars annotate the primary texts and write in-depth contextual introductions. Each volume is indexed. Volume 30 is an overall index of the complete edition.

The series encompasses 30 volumes: The Correspondence of Northrop Frye and Helen Kemp, 1932-1939 (2 volumes, 1996); Northrop Frye's Student Essays, 1932-1938 (1997); Northrop Frye on Religion (2000); Northrop Frye's Late Notebooks, 1982-1990: Architecture of the Spiritual World (2 volumes, 2000); Northrop Frye's Writings on Education (2001); The Diaries of Northrop Frye, 1942-1955 (2001); The "Third Book" Notebooks of Northrop Frye, 1964-1972: The Critical Comedy (2002); Northrop Frye on Literature and Society (2002); Northrop Frye on Modern Culture (2003); and Northrop Frye on Canada (2003), Northrop Frye's Notebooks and Lectures on the Bible and Other Religious Texts (2003); Fearful Symmetry: A Study of William Blake (2004); Northrop Frye's Notebooks on Romance (2004); Northrop Frye on Milton and Blake (2005); Northrop Frye’s Writings on the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries (2005); “The Secular Scripture” and Other Writings on Critical Theory, 1976–1991 (2006); The Great Code (2006); Northrop Frye’s Notebooks on Renaissance Literature (2007); “The Educated Imagination” and Other Writings on Critical Theory, 1933–1962 (2006); Anatomy of Criticism (2007); Northrop Frye’s Notebooks for “Anatomy of Criticism” (2007); Interviews with Northrop Frye (2008); Northrop Frye’s Fiction and Miscellaneous Writings (2007); Words with Power (2008); “The Critical Path” and Other Writings on Critical Theory, 1963–1975 (2009); Northrop Frye's Writings on Shakespeare and the Renaissance (2010); Northrop Frye on Twentieth-Century Literature (2010); Index to the Collected Works of Northrop Frye (2012).

These volumes may be ordered directly from the University of Toronto Press by phone at 1-800-565-9523.

More information on each volume and instructions for ordering by e-mail are available at the Press's website,

The editorial committee overseeing the project has these members: Alvin A. Lee (McMaster University, general editor), Jean O'Grady (Victoria University, associate editor), Joseph Adamson (McMaster University), Robert D. Denham (Roanoke College, Virginia), Michael Dolzani (Baldwin-Wallace College, Ohio), A.C. Hamilton (Queen's University), and David Staines (University of Ottawa).

A more detailed description of the project, as well as an overview of Frye's ideas, may be found at