The Well-Tempered Critic (Frye)

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This article deals with the book The Well-Tempered Critic by Northrop Frye. For other books with the same title, see The Well-Tempered Critic (disambiguation).
First issue

The Well-Tempered Critic is a collection of essays by a Canadian literary critic Northrop Frye. The collection was originally published in Bloomington, Indiana by the Indiana University Press in 1963.

The collection presents lectures delivered by Frye at the University of Virginia in March 1961 for the Page-Barbour Foundation, with a certain amount of expansion and some revisions.


  • Frye, Northrop. The Well-Tempered Critic; Bloomington: Indiana University Press, ISBN 0-253-20077-6
  • Frye, Northrop. The Well-Tempered Critic; Markham, Ontario: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, ISBN 0-88902-746-3 (1983 re-issue)