Roland Frye

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Roland Mushat Frye (July 3, 1921 – January 13, 2005) was an American English literature scholar and theologian.

Career[edit]

Frye was born in Birmingham, Alabama. In 1943 he interrupted his studies to enlist in the United States Army and fought at the Battle of the Bulge, winning a Bronze Star.[1]

After the war, Frye taught at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia and joined Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington D.C. as a research professor in residence. He returned to teaching in 1965, accepting a professorship at Penn. He was Schelling Professor of English Literature University of Pennsylvania from 1965 until his retirement in 1983. In 1978, he co-founded the Center of Theological Inquiry, an independent institution sponsored by the Princeton Theological Seminary.[2]

Frye was awarded the Thomas Jefferson Award by the American Philosophical Society.[3] The American Philosophical Society also awarded him both the "Henry Allen Moe Prize in the Humanities" in 1989 and the "John Frederick Lewis Prize" in 1975. He was a Presbyterian elder.[4]

Frye was an opponent of creationism. He was the editor of Is God a Creationist?: The Religious Case Against Creation-Science which was positively reviewed in The Quarterly Review of Biology as an "excellent refutation of the creationist's claim to speak for orthodox religion."[5]

Publications[edit]

  • Milton's Imagery and the Visual Arts: Iconographic Tradition in the Epic Poems
  • Is God a Creationist?: The Religious Case Against Creation-Science
  • God, Man and Satan: Patterns of Christian Thought and Life in "Paradise Lost", "Pilgrim's Progress" and the Great Theologians
  • The Renaissance Hamlet: Issues and Responses in 1600
  • Shakespeare: The Art of the Dramatist
  • Shakespeare and Christian Doctrine
  • The Reader's Bible - a Narrative - Selections from The King James Version
  • Shakespeare's Life and Times: A Pictorial Record
  • Perspective on Man - Literature and the Christian Tradition
  • Language for God and Feminist Language: Problems and Principles
  • The Teachings of Classical Puritanism on Conjugal Love

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Obituary: Roland Mushat Frye". Shakesper: the Global Electronic Shakespeare Conference. 26 January 2005. Retrieved 3 February 2017.
  2. ^ "Obituary: Roland Mushat Frye". Shakesper: the Global Electronic Shakespeare Conference. 26 January 2005. Retrieved 3 February 2017.
  3. ^ "Obituary: Roland Mushat Frye". Shakesper: the Global Electronic Shakespeare Conference. 26 January 2005. Retrieved 3 February 2017.
  4. ^ "Obituary: Roland Mushat Frye". Shakesper: the Global Electronic Shakespeare Conference. 26 January 2005. Retrieved 3 February 2017.
  5. ^ Glass, Bentley. (1984). Reviewed Work: Is God a Creationist? The Religious Case Against Creation-Science by Roland Mushat Frye. The Quarterly Review of Biology 59 (4): 455.