Accession MS COLL 206B - George Elliott Clarke Papers

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George Elliott Clarke Papers


  • 1980 - 2014 (Creation)

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110 boxes and items (17 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 Elliott Clarke

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Includes extensive drafts, notes, research for his many projects; personal and professional correspondence; appearances; teaching; early material from the 1980s; Whylah Falls; One Heart Broken Into Song; The Motorcyclist; Illicit Sonnets; Red; Saltwater Spirituals and Deeper Blues; prose; poem drafts; essays; articles; reviews; columns; B.A. and M.A. course work University of Waterloo, Queen’s; typescript poems by John Thompson for Stilt Jack and other material related to the life and work of George Elliott Clarke.

Contains series:
Series 1: The Motorcyclist Boxes 1-5
Series 2: Writing/Manuscripts Boxes 6-25
Series 3: Correspondence, 1980s – 2014, Boxes 26-81
Series 4: Ideas, Boxes 82-86
Series 5: Africana, Boxes 87-88
Series 6: Other material, including publicity and work by others, Boxes 89-108
Series 7: Stilt Jack John Thompson typescript poems, Box 109
Series 8: George Hamilton/family/personal, Box 110

Note: extensive correspondence includes family/friends/personal, as well as M. Nourbese Philip, Althea Prince, Paul Zemokhol, Joe Sealy, Fil Fraser and a wide variety of Canadian and international writers, artists, musicians, politicians, and others

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Material may be requested in person at the Fisher Library Reference Desk, or in advance using our online stack retrieval request form:

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Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto

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