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Hinz / Teunissen Memorial Collection
in 20th Century Literature,

Specializing in Anas Nin


Collection Description | Donors | Books | Documents | Audio Files | Photographs | Correspondence

Use of the Collection is Strongly Encouraged. Please contact Dr. Donna Brockmeyer.

Introduction

The Hinz / Teunissen Literary Collection in 20th Century Literature was donated to St. Thomas More College in 2004. It belonged to and was built by Drs. Evelyn Hinz and John Teunissen, Professors of English at the University of Manitoba, and was donated to the College by Dr. John Teunissen upon the death Dr. Hinz.

Dr. Hinz had been the Literary Executor of Anaïs Nin, and the collection is based upon the writing of Ms. Nin and her contemporaries of 20th century American and European literature. Dr. Hinz was engaged by Nin to be Nin’s official biographer, and thus the collection is very extensive and multi-faceted, and includes books, many inscribed, original documents, taped interviews of the literary and social elite of the day, and photographs.  It also includes to a lesser extent some materials related to Nin’s contemporary Henry Miller, as well as some materials by and about Nin’s subject of study and writing, D H Lawrence, and other authors including the scholarship of Hinz and Teunissen.

This important collection of European and American literature exemplifies a passionate embracing of life following the numbing destruction and shock of World War I, from which the world was still reeling in the emerging flapper era, and extends into the years of World War II.  It also represents a broader emergence from the Victorian era and a dawning of women’s personal voice in literature during the early years of the 1900s, and carries through to the years of women’s liberation movement of the 1960’s and 70’s. Nin is  an important early feminist scholar and her diaries are a unique genre of the time period.

Anaïs Nin (1903-1977) was of Spanish and Cuban ancestry born and raised in France, who then moved to New York at the age of 11. At that age, she began keeping a journal as a letter to her father, who remained in Europe, and continued the practice of journalling until her death at the age of 74. Nin also wrote fiction, non-fiction, and extensive personal correspondence.

The Nin Literary Collection is vast, unique, and of singular importance in Canada in that it represents an important literary scholar, writer and personality, Anais Nin, and covers a variety of literary genres.

Please contact Dr. Donna Brockmeyer for more information or to access this collection. She can be reached at 306-966-8962 or donna.brockmeyer@usask.ca