Jean O'Grady

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Welcome to my web page.

For 20 years I was the associate editor of The Collected Works of Northrop Frye, based at the Northrop Frye Centre at Victoria University, Toronto. The Collected Works of Northrop Frye project was launched in a small way in 1991. The last of its 30 volumes, an index to the whole, was published in 2012 in time for Frye's centenary. Here is the text of a talk I gave introducing Frye's ideas.

Before the Frye project began, I was for nine years the postdoctoral fellow at The Collected Works of John Stuart Mill, where among other things I compiled the master index to all 32 volumes.

My PhD was in Victorian literature, and it is my first love. Here is A Pocket Guide to the Peerage, an article I wrote on nineteenth-century aristocratic titles — a seemingly dry subject that continues to fascinate me.

I have also worked as an independent scholar, researching and writing about Canadian historical and literary figures. For more information about the books I have written, please select any of them below.

Famous People Who Have Met Me

Diary of a European Tour, 1900

Margaret Addison: A Biography

Front Cover - 'Famous People Who Have Met Me'
Front Cover - 'Diary of a European Tour, 1900'
Front Cover - 'Margaret Addison: A Biography'

I live in Toronto, where I strive to grow a garden, and also attend classical music concerts. For five years I was on the Board of the Toronto Bicycling Network, as Treasurer, then Director of Overnight Trips, then Secretary. I enjoy the company of my three daughters (one of whom actually lives in England) and their partners, and four gorgeous grandchildren.

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