’Membering Austin Clarke: A Puritan Special Issue

In this special issue of The Puritan, writers from across Canada, the United States, and the West Indies reflect on, critique, and offer work inspired by the late Austin Clarke.

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On Austin Clarke’s Style.

By Paul Barrett

Manners Maketh Man –Gladys Clarke’s mantra for her son, Austin, throughout his life   Come to terms with me, I will not come to terms with yo...

Austin Clarke: Defying the Silence.

By John Harewood

Don’t do muh so! I can hear Austin’s voice issuing the reprimand, tongue in cheek, from his study as he looks through the window on to Moss Pa...

That Man, That Man—Stories and Confabulations.

By Austin Clarke

Austin Clarke’s 1986 collection, Nine Men Who Laughed, includes the stories “A Man” and “How He Do It,” both of which offer accounts of Jos...

Let Me Stand Up.

By Austin Clarke

This poem has Clarke grappling with one the central themes of his later writing: aging. The struggle against racism and seemingly relentless processio...

Clarke on Clarke.

By Paul Barrett

George Elliott Clarke’s poetry and criticism includes a sustained, regular engagement with the work, influence, and style of Austin Clarke. In his t...

The Clarke Train: The Music of Austin Clarke's Toronto.

By Peter Pesic

  Peter Pesic is a lifelong appreciator of music, who savours the act of expressing himself through his digital audio workstation DJ mixes, explo...

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News and Announcements.

July 31st, 2017

The Puritan Presents: ‘Membering Austin Clarke, a special summer issue

  Dear Readers, We are excited to present our special summer issue, dedicated to the work of the late Austin Clarke. As guest editor Paul Barrett notes in his introductory essay, “On Austin Clarke’s Style,” Clarke is one of Canadian literature’s “earliest, most widely published, best awarded, and least studied Can...

July 17th, 2017

Trailblazing writer Austin Clarke recognized with upcoming puritan supplement

The Puritan is delighted to announce the upcoming publication of a special new supplementary issue on the work and legacy of the Canadian novelist, poet, and journalist Austin Clarke. Launching July 31st, the issue will feature new, previously unpublished stories from Austin Clarke’s archive as well as feature essays, reflections from his collea...

July 17th, 2017


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