- 1966-[1995?] (Creation)
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11 boxes (2 metres)
Name of creator
Canadian scholar and writer, Phyllis Grosskurth was born in Toronto. She began teaching English at the University of Toronto in 1965 and retired in 1989. Her teaching and research has focused on biography and the history of psychoanalysis. She has published several biographies, notably John Addington Symonds: A Biography (1964), which won the Governor-General's Award for nonfiction and the University of British Columbia Award for Biography in 1965. Her other books include Leslie Stephen (1968), Gabrielle Roy (1969), Havelock Ellis: A Biography (1980), Melanie Klein: Her World and Her Work (1986), Margaret Mead (1988), The Secret Ring: Freud's Inner Circle and the Politics of Psychoanalysis (1991), Byron: The Flawed Angel (1997), and Elusive Subject: A Biographer's Life (1999).
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
Gift of Phyllis Grosskurth, 2012.
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Scope and content
Includes professional and personal files related to the work of University of Toronto professor and author Phyllis Grosskurth(1924- ), such as Byron: the flawed angel (1997), Havelock Ellis: a biography; Margaret Mead: a biography; Dalhousie Review; The Secret Ring: Freud’s inner circle and the politics of psychoanalysis; Melanie Klein: her world and her work; drafts of lectures and papers on
psychobiography for various conferences; Alain de Mijolla of the IAHP [International Association for the History of Psychoanalysis] correspondence and print; Count Rumford [Sir Benjamin Thompson] research; John Ruskin; the Freud Society ; Dictionary of National Biography entry for John Addington Symonds and others; last will and testament; travels; professional photographs, including author photographs of Phyllis Grosskurth and photographs for her books on John Addington Symonds, Havelock Ellis, Margaret Mead and Melanie Klein; Order of Canada photographs and related material; correspondence with eminent international psychoanalysts, such as Dr. Judith Dupont, Dr. Alain de Mijolla, Dr. Victor Smirnoff, Dr. Cyrille Koupernik, Dr. Baron Hannsjörg von Freytag-Loringhoven (Tubingen).
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Conditions governing access
No restrictions on access.
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