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Papers of Donovan Clarke, 1928-1986 [manuscript]
Bib ID 726845
Format ManuscriptManuscript
Clarke, Donovan, 1904-1987
Related Online
Access Conditions Available for research. Not for loan. 
Description [1928-1986] 
0.36 m. (2 boxes) 

MS 950 comprises correspondence with Australian literary personalities, including Hugh McCrae, Vance and Nettie Palmer, R.G. Howarth, Judith Wright, James McAuley, Nancy Keesing and Peter Hopegood. There is also correspondence with David Maurice concerning Buddhism as well as Clarke's poems, short stories, plays, published articles, 1952 CLF lectures, essays, and notes on poetry, material relating to his work as a tutor, photographs, drawings and newscuttings. The collection also includes "The double bird" assorted poems, 1974-1976, and sheets of poems dated 1984-1986 (2 boxes).


Teacher, poet, literary critic and lecturer. Donovan Charles Clarke was born in Bristol, England in 1904. He graduated from the University of Sydney in 1958 where his Master of Arts thesis comprised “A critical edition of the letters of Henry Kendall”. Clarke’s long career included teaching in Sydney and Leura, and writing. He was also a lieutenant in the AIF. As a poet he published two collections of verse, Ritual dance (1940) and Blue prints (1942). He was also the author of critical studies and edited Wednesday nights: a creative writing anthology (1963). Clarke died in New South Wales in 1987.


Manuscript reference no.: MS 950.

Associated materials: Papers of Donovan Clarke, 1933-1986 MS 8199.

Related Material Donovan Clarke, Sydney, 1940s; Located at; National Library of Australia Pictures collection PIC/15499. 
Cited In

Guide to collections of manuscripts relating to Australia, D635.

Index/Finding Aid Note Finding aid (1 p.) available in the Special Collections Reading Room. 
Subjects Clarke, Donovan, 1904-1987 -- Archives.  |  University of Sydney -- Employees -- Archives.  |  Poets, Australian -- 20th century -- Archives.  |  Critics -- Australia -- Archives.  |  College teachers -- Australia -- Archives.  |  Australian literature -- History and criticism.  |  Australian poetry -- 20th century.
Time Coverage 1928-1986 
Occupation Teachers.  |  Journalists.  |  Poets.  |  Literary critics.  |  Academics.  |  Army officers.


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