Accession MS COLL 00558 - George Elliott Clarke Papers

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George Elliott Clarke Papers


  • 1975-2007 (Creation)

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248 boxes and 2 items (36.5 metres)

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Writer, poet, and playwright. Black United Front of Nova Scotia (a community service organization), development worker; Duke University, Durham, NC, assistant professor of English and Canadian studies; McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Seagram. Visiting Chair in Canadian Studies; University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, professor of African-Canadian literature.
Born on February 12, 1960, in Windsor Plains, Nova Scotia, Canada; son of Bill and Geraldine Elizabeth (a teacher) Clarke. Education: University of Waterloo, B.A.; Dalhousie University, M.A.; Queen's University, Ph.D.

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Gift of George Elliot Clarke, 2007.

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Includes extensive correspondence (1979-2007) including personal, poetic, academic, political; ‘ideas’; manuscripts; Africana; publicity/reviews; William Lloyd Clarke material; other varied material related to the life and work of George Elliott Clarke

Selected correspondents include: Karlene Nation, Ingrid Joseph [Oni the Haitian Sensation], Althea Prince, Dany Laferriere, Senator Anne Cools, Senator David Oliver, Andy Wainwright, Greg Cook, Jan Zwicky, Olive Senior, M. Travis Lane, George Fetherling, George Bowering, David Young, Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty, Rob Maclennan, M. NourbeSe Phillip, John Ralston Saul, Clement Virgo, Tamara Berger, Noah Richler, Karen Kain, Sheila Copps, Michael Redhill, Austin Clarke, Randy Resh, Linda Rogers, Ambassador of Romania, Lawrence Hill, Sylvia Hamilton, Wendy Brathwaite [Motion], Budge Wilson, Hedy Fry, Ian Wilson, Antonio Alfonso [Guernica Editions], Roch Carrier, Hilary Weston,Omaha Rising, Greg Gatenby, Dionne Brand, Rinaldo Walcott, Rita Dove, Michael Ondaatje, Herb Gray, and many others.

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  • English

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