Moncton, Mentors, and Memories: An Interview with Northrop Frye


  • Deanne Bogdan


Dr. Frye speaks of his childhood and adolescence in Moncton and the effect that had on his later life and career; of the influence of Canadian radio; of his time working at the Moncton Public Library; of his decision to attend university in Toronto; of his decision to write critically instead of creatively; of the influence of his Aunt Mary; of his socialization into religion and literature; of his early education and its effects on his own educational theories; of his music teacher, George Ross; of the serenity, sanity, and emotional stability of music; of his mentors, Professor Krug and E.J. Pratt; of his time at the Success Business College in Moncton; of his typing ability and its effects on the spatialization of literature; of the "genuine primitive," the reader who is innocent of literary conventions; of coming to terms with his own literary-religious sensibility; of Sir Hubert Parry; of the relationship between aesthetic and religious experience; and his favouring of the city over nature.




How to Cite

Bogdan, D. (1986). Moncton, Mentors, and Memories: An Interview with Northrop Frye. Studies in Canadian Literature, 11(2). Retrieved from