Manuscripts


The fulcrum of the Paul Hiebert collection is two hand-corrected manuscripts, one a carbon copy of Sarah Binks that went to publishers and the other a manuscript draft of Willows Revisited, bequeathed to the University of Saskatchewan Library Special Collections by Hiebert because they are set in Saskatchewan. Find full-text searchable digitizations of the entire collection below, as well as some material from other sources.

MSS 37.1. Letter of Provenance. A letter accompanying the two MSS which describes why Hiebert chose to send his manuscripts unsolicited to the University of Saskatchewan instead of with the rest to the University of Manitoba (where the other Hiebert archive is found).

MSS 37.1 A1 Sarah Binks. A carbon copy of the typescript of Sarah Binks that went to publisher (Oxford University Press Canada) with some handwritten corrections.

MSS 37.1 A2 Willows Revisited. A manuscript draft with many handwritten corrections including typesetting changes and instructions.

MSS 37.2 "U of S Library gets Binks' Papers." A photocopied newspaper article about the U of S Library getting Hiebert's manuscripts.
"Peanut Butter and Lime Jelly: Paul Hiebert's Convocation Address." A printing of Paul Hiebert's convocation address from Alumni Journal Vol. 34, No. 4 University of Manitoba.

From the Shortt Collection:
Montreal Gazette Review. Found inside the Shortt Collection copy of the first edition of Sarah Binks and included for its relevance.

Paul Hiebert reads Sarah Binks. A vinyl LP album published by Menno Classics. Side one is Paul Hiebert at the age of 80 reading from Sarah Binks. Find it in our catalogue here.

From the 25th Street Theatre Collection:
A Review of Donkin's The Wonderful World of Sarah Binks, as well as a photocopy of a promotional poster for The Wonderful World of Sarah Binks, brief biographical notes on Donkin, Sarah Binks, and Miss Rosalind Drool, and a list of production requirements for a proposed 1980-81 tour.

From the Pamphlet Collection:
The Unofficial Sarah Binks Golden Jubilee Poetry Anthology 1947-1997. A Booklet of Binksian poetry from students, staff, and faculty from the Saskatchewan Centre for Soil Research and the Prairie Ecosystem Study, including a program for the evening where the finalists read their poetry to compete for the title.

Ian C. Nelson Gift

In late 2010 Ian C. Nelson donated some material related to Binksania to Special Collections in the University of Saskatchewan Library. The gift has been catalogued as a "kit" and can be seen here. Due to a different copyright holder, many of these items may not be digitized. The kit includes 3 drafts of the CBC radio play, two official books for the Sarah Binks: A Musical Tribute as well as Mr. Nelson's personal anotated copy of the musical book. The kit also includes a folder of ephemera including a poster, programme, and two newspaper clippings, a folder of photographs of the cast, and two compact discs of the audio performance, one recorded live at the Majestic theatre in Biggar Sk, 8 July 2001 and the Nov 6/02.

Four audio tracks from the Musical Tribute have been digitized. The performance was recorded live at the Majestic Theatre in Biggar Saskatchewan on 8 July 2001.

The Laurel's Egg. "The Laurel's Egg" is Sarah's poorly translated version of "Die Lorelei" by famous German poet Heinrich Heine.
You are Like One Flower."You are Like One Flower" is Sarah's poorly translated version of "Du Bist Wie Eine Blume" by famous German poet Heinrich Heine.
Rover. An ode to Sarah's great deceased family pet, Rover Binks.
The Finest Flower. "The Finest Flower" is a poem where Sarah reflects on her own mortality - in this musical it is the final song, sung by both Paul Hiebert and Sarah Binks about her death.

Doug Millington's CBC Radio Interview

On 3 January 2012 Doug Millington, a former CBC Radio Reporter, sent Special Collections digitizations of a 5-part series (running from Monday to Friday in 1995) he ran on CBC Radio 1's The Morning Edition. The first four parts, which feature now-retired University of Saskatchewan English Professors Dr. Ron Marken and Dr. Terry Matheson, consider Sarah Binks and Paul Hiebert in a scholarly yet appropriately jocular way. The fifth part, which will not be posted, includes Sarah Binks poetry contest winner's entries.

Part 1. This clip starts with [Professor] Ron Marken reading some vintage Binks. The overall discussion that follows focuses on Binks' stye and relative artistic merit.

Part 2. This one focuses on the life of Sarah Binks, her great romantic love, her professional influences, her inimitable skill at translation, then an inevitable return to an admiration of her poetic style.

Part 3. This third installment begins with an extended analysis of the influence of the great Henry Welken on Sarah's professional literary career and that relationship's influence on Sarah's "Darkest Africa" period. There is also an explication of her greatest achievement, winning the coveted Wheat Pool Medal for that towering poetic achievement "Up From The Magma". The piece ends with a discussion of Sarah's tragic death from mercury poisoning as a result of accidentally biting off the end of a horse thermometer while chewing on a mint.

Part 4. This 4th installment begins with [Professor Ron Marken] introducing us to Sarah's creator, Paul Hiebert. There follows an appreciation of Hiebert's creation as a vehicle for satire: how vividly Hiebert is able, through Sarah, to satirize the bad poetry, pompous self-serving criticism, and banal public taste which surrounds us to this day.


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