Northrop Frye was born in Sherbrooke, Quebec, in Canada, in 1912, and grew up in Moncton, New Brunswick. In the late 1920s, he left the Canadian Maritimes for Toronto, to compete in a national typewriting contest. While there, he enrolled at Victoria College, in the University of Toronto, where he graduated in Philosophy and English in 1933. In 1936, Frye was ordained in the United Church of Canada, but soon thereafter won a scholarship to Oxford. He returned to Toronto in 1940, after taking a First in English at Merton College, Oxford, where he was tutored by Edmund Blunden. Since then, Frye has taught at the University of Toronto - where he is now University Professor - and served a long term as Principal of Victoria College. The recipient of numerous awards and honorary degrees, he has resisted offers to leave Canada permanently, but has taught terms at many American universities, and at Oxford.