Trailblazing writer Austin Clarke recognized with upcoming puritan supplement

POSTED: July 17th, 2017


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Launching July 31st, the issue will feature new, previously unpublished stories from Austin Clarke’s archive as well as feature essays, reflections from his colleagues and friends, excerpts from his correspondence, poetry and short fiction inspired by Clarke’s work, and a musical reflection on Austin’s vision of Toronto.

“These new, previously-unpublished Clarke stories and poems provide a new perspective on his lengthy and important career,” says Paul Barrett, academic editor of the issue. “They will also help us understand how Canadian literature was shaped by Austin’s masterful voice.”

The author of eleven novels and numerous short story collections, Clarke was a foundational Canadian writer, a member of the Order of Canada, and the winner of both The Giller Prize and the Commonwealth Prize for his book The Polished Hoe.

The special issue comes nearly one year after Clarke’s death, and also marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of The Meeting Point, his seminal novel about West Indian immigrants in Toronto. It will be available free of charge online at

For further information contact André Forget, managing editor at The Puritan, at, or Paul Barrett at


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