U of S Library gets Binks' Papers
Dr. Paul Hiebert has presented the typescripts of "Sarah Binks" and Willows Revisited to the University Library. They are now in the Special Collections Department (although on temporary loan to the display on women writers.)
"Sarah Binks", first published in 1947, is centred about some hundred poems supposedly written by "The Sweet Songstress of Saskatchewan". "Unschooled but unspoiled,
this simple country girl has captured in her net of poetry the flatness of that great province...in deathless lines so much of its elusive spirit, the baldness of the prairies, the alkalinity of its soil, the richness of its insect life".
"Willows Revisited", published in 1967, is a sequel to the first book, and examines the followers of Sarah who made up the poetic school of seven-and-a-half in Saskatchewan.
Hiebert was born in Pilot Mound, Manitoba, in 1892 and was educated at the Universities of Manitoba, Toronto, and McGill. In 1924, he joined the Department of Chemistry at the University of Manitoba, which he left in 1953 to pursue his interests in gardening and philosophy at Carmen, Manitoba.
The typescripts were secured for the library by Mrs. Bruce Rothwell, associate librarian.
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