|Born||Austin Ardinel Chesterfield Clarke|
July 26, 1934
St. James, Barbados
|Died||June 26, 2016 (aged 81)|
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
|Occupation||novelist, short story writer, essayist|
|Notable works||The Polished Hoe|
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).