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New Additions to the Denham Library

chapel windows

Victoria College Chapel

Bob Denham has provided us with two new additions to the Denham Library.

The first is class notes for Frye’s course on Milton, 1953 – 1954.  This is the eighth set of class notes to be added to the Library.  Bob jokes that soon enough Frye scholars will in effect be able to attend Frye’s classes without registering or paying tuition.

The second is a previously unpublished set of notes on the Victoria College chapel windows, perhaps intended for a lecture or a sermon.  This is most definitely very rare Frygiana.  Take a look.

We are also very pleased to tell you that our new administrator, Clayton Chrusch, is slowly but surely making his way through the Denham Library collection to correct minor formatting problems that arise when translating from one text software to another.

The Frye Festival Archive in the Northrop Frye Journal


On Monday we will be rolling out a dedicated Frye Festival section in the Frye Journal portion of  The Educated Imagination, featuring papers delivered over the years at the annual Frye Festival in Moncton, New Brunswick.  (You can register for this year’s Festival here.)

Our first addition to the archive will be Jean O’Grady’s paper, “Re-valuing Value,” delivered in 2007.  On Monday we will cross-post it here at the blog as well as in the Journal, as we will do with all papers added to the Frye Festival archive.  We’ll try to provide you a steady stream of them in the weeks leading up to this year’s Festival, which runs between April 19th and 25th.  Be sure to visit the Festival website here.

Our First Renovation: A New Calendar Widget


As we said yesterday, we are off to work on our infrastructure, primarily in the Denham Library whose remarkable collection needs some serious attention, including new acquisitions and standardization of format, not to mention preparation for what will eventually prove to be a massive audio/video collection, some of them genuine rarities not widely seen or heard before.  You’ll be thrilled, once we’ve pulled it all together.  A first batch may appear in the next couple of weeks, as soon as we get them digitized.  You’ll see a second truly overwhelming addition to the collection by summer.

In the meantime, we have added a new Widget to the Menu Column to the right: A calendar for each month we’ve been publishing with all the days of the month live linked to the posts of that particular day.  Hit the link for the day in question and the posts will come up in the reverse order they appeared.  Add to this our Search function at very top of our Menu Column and the Categories function at the very bottom, and you should be able to find yourself targeting posts by any topic, key word, or designated category that catches you interest, as well as their various threads via live links.

Given that we’ve put up more than 400 posts at this point, this may be a good opportunity for many of you new and even regular readers to explore our offerings in any way that makes most sense to you.

So be sure to check out that new Calendar Widget just to your right.

Happy New Year

Just taking a break from the VH1 “Top 100 One Hit Wonders of the 80s” marathon to wish you a happy new year and to announce our latest additions to the Denham Library.

But, first, for the record, Flock of Seagulls were not one hit wonders.  Everyone remembers their megahit “I Ran” but tend to forget that they charted again with “Wishing (If I Had a Photograph of You)”, the Pachelbel’s Canon of New Wave pop tunes.  Besides, even if they really were just one hit wonders, they’d still be revered and remembered because nothing, absolutely nothing, says 1982 like Mike Score’s waterfall haircut.  It captures the time, like Beatle boots.

Okay, so happy new year.

Also check out our newest acquisitions at the Denham Library, two sets of class notes from the mid-1950s: Nineteenth Century Thought and Modern Poetry.

After the jump, Pachelbel’s Canon, the Flock of Seagulls’s “Wishing (If I Had a Photograph of You)” of Baroque music.

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Unpublished Notes Now Posted


Our latest addition to the Robert D. Denham Library (live link in the upper right of the Menu column)  is a set of previously unpublished notes on miscellaneous subjects, including Jung, Jung and Blake, Shakespeare, Milton, the Providence of God, The Great Code, and William Morris.  (These notes can be found in the Previously Unpublished Material section.)

We are still getting a handle on working our new library wing.  There are some minor formatting issues to resolve which we will address first thing in the new year once our tech adviser is available.  For example, the unpublished letters of Elizabeth Fraser to Northrop Frye should soon include her original drawings that appear in them.  We’ll keep you updated.  But, in the meantime, everything posted is readable, so browse away.  There is already an extraordinary wealth of previously obscure material in there that any Frye scholar will want to see.

Stocking Stuffers

For the naughty and nice alike: check out our latest additions to the Denham Library (hit that link in the upper right corner, hit it like you mean it).  There’s hours of browsing in there now, and there’s more coming.

Meanwhile, featured above is an arrangement of “O Come All Ye Faithful” by California online band, Pomplamoose.  “Online band” means they only perform on the internet, and it’s quite an experience.  Their most recent YouTube hit, “Hail Mary,” after the jump.

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A Christmas Miracle


No sooner had I put up the previous post announcing the latest additions to the Denham Library than I discovered a mysterious gift stuffed into my stocking hung by the chimney with care — okay, it was actually an email with an attachment from Bob, but still no less amazing.  In it was a 162 page previously unpublished Frye manuscript, “Notes on Romance,” which I have breathlessly just added to the library (once again, see that new link in the upper right hand corner of our Menu column).  After the holidays I will have to speak to our tech adviser at McMaster’s Mills Library, the wonderful Amanda Etches-Johnson, about putting such a lengthy text into a more manageable format, such as PDF, but I could not resist sharing it with you all on the longest night of the year.

God bless us, every one!

Denham Library: Class Notes


We have added to the Denham Library transcriptions of class notes provided to Bob over the years by former students of Frye. (See the Robert D. Denham Library link in the top right of our Menu column.)  While transcribing Frye’s diaries Bob corresponded with more than a hundred students who are mentioned in them. His immediate purpose was to gather information for annotating passages in the diaries. But he also asked correspondents to comment on Frye as a person and a teacher, as well as the scene at Victoria College during the 1940s and 50s. The correspondents responded generously, and eighty-nine of their reminiscences have been brought together in a manuscript Bob is working on, Remembering Northrop Frye: Recollections by His Students and Others in the 1940s and 1950s. Several of the correspondents also offered to send their class notes, which Bob continues to transcribe and which we will post in the library as they become available. These are treasures, including class notes from Frye’s famous Religious Knowledge course, 1947-48, which we will also continue to post on the blog one lecture at a time.

The Northrop Frye Journal & The Robert D. Denham Library

The Robert D. Denham Library, under construction

The Robert D. Denham Library, under construction

Just in time for Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa, we are pleased to announce, at long last, the launch of our journal dedicated to Northrop Frye.

We are even more pleased to announce that the journal will not be a separate entity, as we initially planned, but will be incorporated into the blog site.

If you look to the top of our Widgets menu to the right, you’ll see the Journal.  Gaining access to it as simple as hitting the links.  We are retaining our original plan, which is to publish both “Articles of Interest” and “Peer Reviewed Scholarship.”  We’ve posted a sample article just so that you can see how it’ll work.  But the journal is now officially open for business, so send your submissions to

We are also very pleased to announce the opening of the The Robert D. Denham Library, the first fully public virtual Northrop Frye library collection in the world.  I think you’ll all agree that it is only fitting that Bob’s name be attached to it.  It too has its own Widget link in the upper right of our site menu.  It will soon be filled with goodies, and, as of today it is the permanent home for Bob’s Northrop Frye Newsletter, the first issue of which is now posted, so please feel free to go in and browse. We’ll update regularly about new acquisitions and additions to our collection, which will expand quickly in the new year.