This collection contains the professional papers of Donald Heiney, documenting his work as a novelist and critic. It includes
manuscripts, correspondence, notebooks, proofs, newspaper clippings, photographs, and research files relating to his novels
and critical works.
Donald Heiney was born in South Pasadena, California on September 7, 1921. He spent World War II as a merchant marine and
a naval officer in Europe and the South Pacific. After the war, he received a B.A. (1948), from the University of Redlands
and an M.A. (1949) and Ph.D.(1952) from the University of Southern California where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He continued
at USC as a post-doctoral lecturer until 1953 when he joined the faculty at the University of Utah. During this period in
the fifties and early sixties, he wrote and published scholarly material in the field of comparative literature, including
two university books on Italian fiction. He also published translations including, among others, works by Rilke and Italo
Calvino. In 1965, Heiney joined the faculty of the University of California, Irvine as a full professor. Along with Hazard
Adams and James B. Hall, he was instrumental in establishing the Department of English and Comparative Literature in the pioneer
years of the campus, and served as director of the Program on Comparative Literature (1965-1970). He traveled frequently in
Europe and in 1973-74 he served as visiting professor at thte Universite de Paris III (La Sorbonne), lecturing in American
literature and also demonstrating the teaching of creative writing. Upon returning from France, he decided to devote himself
exclusively to his fiction writing although he continued to teach at UC Irvine in the Master of Fine Arts, Program in writing
until his retirement in 1991. In 1986, he received The Distinguished Faculty Lectureship Award from his academic colleagues.
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their heirs. For permissions to reproduce or to publish, please contact the Head of Special Collections and University Archives.