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Austin Clarke
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Born Austin Ardinel Chesterfield Clarke
(1934-07-26)July 26, 1934
St. James, Barbados
Died June 26, 2016(2016-06-26) (aged 81)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Occupation novelist, short story writer, essayist
Nationality Barbadian, Canadian
Period 1960s-2016
Notable works The Polished Hoe

Austin Ardinel Chesterfield "Tom" Clarke (July 26, 1934 – June 26, 2016) was a Barbadian-Canadian novelist, essayist and short story writer. He worked in Toronto, Ontario.

Clarke was a reporter in the Ontario communities of Timmins and Kirkland Lake before joining the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation as a freelance journalist. He taught subsequently at several American universities, including Yale University (Hoyt fellow, 1968–70), Duke University (1971–72), and the University of Texas (visiting professor, 1973).

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