Helen and Northrop Frye correspondence

Title: Helen and Northrop Frye correspondence
Dates of Material:
19321974
Extent:
25 cm of textual records
1 photograph: b&w
Scope and content

Series consists of correspondence exchanged between Northrop and Helen Kemp Frye.

NOTE(S)
Source of supplied title

Title based on contents of the series.

Finding aids

File list available (see below)

General notes

The Correspondence of Northrop Frye and Helen Kemp, 1932–1939 (PN75.F7 A44 1996, V.1, 2) is available in the Library.

BOX FILE TITLE YEAR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
1991
Box 1
1111 letters from Northrop Frye to Helen Kemp June–September 1932

Subjects: Interest in Bach; opinion about Sinclair Lewis, Elmer Gantry (June 23); economic depression in Chicago (July 1); reading Don Quixote, vocation as a professor (August 1); Sinclair Lewis, Elmer Gantry, opinions about the Anglican Church and the United Church, interest in astrology (August 25); his literary tastes (September 12).

1214 letters from Northrop Frye to Helen KempMay–December 1933

Includes 1 letter from Northrop Frye to Mrs. Kemp; 2 postcards from the Chicago World’s Fair, 1933; and 1 b & w photograph of Frye at 21 years of age. Subjects: G.B. Shaw (May 28); Chicago World’s Fair (June 17, 20, 22); Medieval and Renaissance painting at the Art Institute of Chicago (July 1); Canadian politics (July 15); Canadian political parties, Liberal and CCF (September 4); family financial woes (September 11); “Parable of an agate” (September 12); involvement with the CCF party in Moncton, New Brunswick (September 22); work on Blake (December 28).

1315 letters from Northrop Frye to Helen Kemp FryeApril–June 1934

Subjects: Work on Blake, relationship of music and theology to the Christian religion (April 17); opinion on Beethoven’s 9th Symphony and the Ode to Joy (April 19); interest in the relationship between music and Christian dogma (April 24); pastoral duties on the prairies (May 4, 10, 19, 25); abandons plans to enter the “active ministry” (June 6, 19); plans for a thesis on Blake (June 22).

1410 letters from Northrop Frye to Helen KempJuly–December 1934

Subjects: plans for a thesis on Blake (July 23); marriage plans (August 13); reads paper on Blake at the Graduate English Club, Roy Daniells, prospects for a teaching position at Victoria College, The Golden Bough (October 19); teaching responsibilities (November 9); Wyndham Lewis, The Apes of God (December 4); marriage plans (December 12).

1517 letters from Northrop Frye to Helen KempJanuary–May 1935

Subjects: Work on Blake (January); describes marriage with Helen Kemp as a divine comedy (January 16); proposes Helen Kemp work on Blake as a painter (January 25); work on Blake (March 11); Roy Daniells, his life to be devoted to art and religion, message to the modern world “Read Blake or go to hell” (April 23); his knowledge of Blake, evaluation of his creative and critical abilities, The Vicar of Wakefield (May 3); editorial work on Representative Poetry, exhibition of Arthur Lismer paintings, Canadian painting, work on a novel (May 22).

165 letters from Northrop Frye to Helen KempSummer–June–September 1935

Subjects: Robert Burns, Scottish poetry, proposes to publish work on Blake, editorial work on Representative Poetry (Summer); work on Blake and on a novel (June 28); D.H. Lawrence (July 24); editorial work on Representative Poetry (September 11).

Box 2
2112 letters from Northrop Frye to Helen Kemp August–September 1936

Subjects: source for “The ghost” in a Thomas Mann short story (August 13); plans to sail for England from Montreal (August 17); prepares summaries of The Golden Bough, The Winter’s Tale as a fertility festival (August 20); visit to Hull House in Chicago founded by Jane Addams (August 29); reads H.G. Wells’ The Dream, and stories by Thomas Mann (September 12) en route to England; impressions of London September 15, 21); visits bookshops in Bloomsbury, books on the occult (September 24).

2213 letters from Northrop Frye to Helen KempOctober–December 1936

Subjects: D.H. Lawrence, The Plumed Serpent (October 5); accommodation at Oxford, his tutors Edmund Blunden and J.N.Bryson (October 11); joins the Oxford Union, Elizabeth Fraser (October 20); Blunden’s comments on his papers, life at Merton (October 27); Elizabeth Fraser (November 3, 17, 30); Bodley Club (November 30, December 11); Blake, Blunden (December 17); Elizabeth Fraser (December 30).

2317 letters from Northrop Frye to Helen KempJanuary–June 1937

Includes paper placemat for the Fryes’ wedding lunch at The Guild of All Arts, Scarborough, in August 1937.

Subjects: Vacation in London with Edith and Stephen Cogs (January 11); Blunden (January 17, February 3, 9); Elizabeth Fraser (February 3, 9); reads a paper on T.S. Eliot at the Bodley Club (February 22); plans to send a general outline of the Blake project to Geoffrey Keynes, Pelham Edgar and a publisher, Elizabeth Fraser, Walter de la Mare, contemporary German painting (March 9); tour of Italian cities with Mike Joseph (March–April); financial problems (May 1, 2, June 8); Keynes to receive the Blake manuscript (May 18); sends the first part of the Blake manuscript to Faber and Faber (June 20).

2415 letters from Northrop Frye to Helen Kemp FryeSeptember–December 1938

Includes holograph article by Frye “Canadian Art in London” for The Canadian Forum.

Subjects: Pre-war anxieties, reads Richard Jefferies, The Story of My Heart: My Autobiography (September 29); war preparations in London (September 30); preparation for the Schools at Oxford, opinions about members of the examining board (October 7); lecture on Beowulf given by Tolkien, art collection of Sir Michael Sadler, reviews the exhibition of Canadian art in London for The Canadian Forum (October 21); reception of the Canadian art exhibition in the English papers (October 28); gives a paper on the devil at the Bodley Club, Blunden (November 24); in London views Picasso’s “Guernica” and preparatory studies of the painting (November 9); visit to Paris with Mike Joseph (December 11).

2515 letters from Northrop Frye to Helen Kemp FryeJanuary–May 1939

Subjects: Searches for burial site of his brother Eratus Howard Frye at Amiens (January 5); Blunden and Bryson (February 2); Blunden, Kathleen Coburn, S.T. Coleridge (February 24); Merton Dramatic Society (March 8); rampant anxiety about the political situation (April 4); George Moore, Confessions of a Young Man (April 13); in London views an exhibition of paintings by Georges Rouault at Zwemmer’s, Elizabeth Fraser (April 17); his ambitions to be a writer (May 15).

262 letters from Northrop Frye to Helen Kemp FryeSummer, November, 1940

Subjects: Death of Frye’s mother in Moncton, New Brunswick in November.

Box 4
421 letter and 1 card from Northrop Frye to Helen Kemp Frye, n.d.[1965]
433 letters from Helen Kemp Frye to Northrop Frye1974
1992
Box 1
11Helen Kemp Frye to Northrop Frye.1932, 1933, 1934

1 sent 1932; 2 sent 1933; 12 sent 1934.

12Helen Kemp Frye to Northrop Frye.1934, 1935

5 sent 1934; 9 sent 1935.

13Helen Kemp Frye to Northrop Frye.1936

19 sent 1936.

14Helen Kemp Frye to Northrop Frye.1937

17 sent 1937.

15Helen Kemp Frye to Northrop Frye.1938

8 sent 1938.

16Helen Kemp Frye to Northrop Frye.1939

14 sent 1939.

17Helen Kemp Frye to Northrop Frye.n.d.

39 sent n.d.

Box 3
32Northrop Frye to Helen Kemp Frye[1943?], 1948, 1974

1 received [1943?], 1948, 1974.

 

1993
Box 1
15Telegramme, postcard, and letters1935, 1937

1 telegramme from Northrop Frye to Helen Kemp, 1935.
1 post card from Northrop Frye to Helen Kemp, April, 1937.
2 letters from Helen Kemp to Northrop Frye, June, July, 1935.

16[Includes holograph poem by Frye for Elder on his 93rd birthday; card to Helen; and letter from “Evelyn” to Northrop, n.d.]

1 letter from Northrop Frye to Helen Kemp Frye, 1937. Subjects: teaching duties at Victoria College.
1 letter from Northrop Frye to Helen Kemp Frye, 1938.
1 letter from Northrop Frye to Helen Kemp Frye, 194–.
1 letter from Northrop Frye to Helen Kemp Frye, 1941.
1 letter from Northrop Frye to Helen Kemp Frye, 195–.
2 letters from Northrop Frye to Helen Kemp Frye, 1955.
4 postcards from Northrop Frye to Helen Kemp Frye, 1970.
6 letters from Northrop Frye to Helen Kemp Frye, 1974. Subjects: work in Oxford.
1 letters from Northrop Frye to Helen Kemp Frye, n.d.

1994
Box 1
1135 letters from Helen to Northrop1934-1935
1146 letters from Northrop to Helen1938-1939
1152 postcards from Northrop to Helen1963

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