Literary scholar, theologian,  university professor. Born– July 3, 1921, Birmingham. Parents– John H. and Helen (Mushat) Frye. Married– Jean Elbert Steiner, January 11, 1947. Children– One. Education– Princeton University, A.B., 1943, M.A., 1950, Ph.D., 1952; additional study, Princeton Theological Seminary, 1950-1951. U.S. Army Field Artillery, 1943-1946; reached rank of major and was awarded the Bronze Star; public relations representative for Tennessee Coal and Iron Company, 1946-1947; instructor, Howard College 1947-1948; Emory University, 1952-1961; research professor, Folger Shakespeare Library, 1961-1965; professor of English, University of Pennsylvania, 1965-1983.  Co-founded the Center of Theological Inquiry at the Princeton Theological Seminary, 1978. Member Modern Language Association, Shakespeare Association of America, and other professional organizations. Awarded Guggenheim fellowship, 1956-1957; grants from the American Council of Learned Societies, 1966 and 1971; and the American Philosophical Society, 1968 and 1971. Received many awards for teaching and scholarship, including the James Holly Hanford Award from the Milton Society and the Thomas Jefferson Award for Distinguished Achievement in the Humanities from the American Philosophical Society, 1997.  Died January 13, 2005.


Contemporary Authors online; obituary in University of Pennsylvania website.


God, Man, and Satan; Patterns of Christian Thought and Life in “Paradise Lost,” “Pilgrim’s Progress,” and the Great Theologians. Princeton, N.J.; Princeton University Press, 1968.

Is God a Creationist? The Religious Case against Creation-Science. New York; Scribner, 1960.

Language for God and Feminist Language.  Princeton:  Center of Theological Inquiry, 1988.

Milton’s Imagery and the Visual Arts; Iconographic Tradition in the Epic Poems. Princeton, N.J.; Princeton University Press, 1968.

Perspectives on Man; Literature and the Christian Tradition. Philadelphia; Westminster, 1961.

The Renaissance Hamlet; Issues and Responses in 1600. Princeton, N.J.; Princeton University Press, 1984.

Shakespeare and Christian Doctrine. Princeton, N.J.; Princeton University Press, 1963.

Shakespeare; the Art of the Dramatist. Boston; Houghton, 1970.

Shakespeare’s Life and Times; a Pictorial Record. Princeton, N.J.; Princeton University Press, 1967.


The Bible; Selections from the King James Version for Study as Literature. Boston; Houghton, 1965.

Is God a Creationist? : The Religious Case against Creation Science.  New York:  Scribners, 1983.