When He Was Free & Young & He Used To Wear Silks

Clarke, Austin

Published by Little Brown, 1973
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Boston. 1973. Little Brown. 1st American Edition. Small Tear Mark On Top Corner Of Front Free Endpaper,Otherwise Very Good In Dustjacket. 27. 243 pages. hardcover. Jacket design by John Renfer. 0316146943. keywords: July 26. inventory # 8526. FROM THE PUBLISHER - The work of Austin Clarke is ‘beautiful, comic, innovative, spellbinding and tragic,’ a prominent critic recently wrote. ‘Clarke has a matchless ear for dialogue; he is a master of several idioms.’ And nowhere is that talent better displayed than in these eleven stories. WHEN HE WAS FREE AND YOUNG AND HE USED TO WEAR SILKS moves effortlessly from stinging irony to lyric romanticism to pure comedy, exploding throughout with earthy, exuberant characters and the rich joy of language. Clarke carries the reader from Barbados to Canada to the United States in such stories as: ‘One Among Them,’ in which a mild, conservative West Indian studying meteorology at Duke University discovers that admiring black militants have mistaken his weather maps for revolutionary bombing plots; ‘‘The Motor Car,’ a comic reversal of LeRoi Jones’s DUTCHMAN, in which a Barbadian working in a Toronto car wash finds himself behind the wheel of a big car with a fast and easy Canadian white woman by his side; and ‘An Easter Carol,’ a beautiful, poignant story set in Barbados about what happens to a young boy who is forced by his mother into a new Easter suit with painfully ill-fitting shoes, told not to swear, and sent to the Easter service at the pristine Anglican church. In all of these stories, Clarke comically, tragically explores the repercussions when different cultures meet, and at the same time transcends the question of color by making the reader see his characters and situations in true human dimensions. His stories are brilliantly, lovingly crafted and a delight to read. Born in Barbados, Austin Clarke graduated from Harrison College and left the island in 1955 for Canada, where he attended Trinity College at the University of Toronto. While in Canada, he worked for the CBC as a stagehand, an actor, and a broadcaster, and conducted radio documentaries on Malcolm X, LeRoi Jones, black music and culture in Harlem, and the civil rights movement. In the United States, he has taught literature at Yale, Brandeis, Smith, Williams, and at Duke University. He is the author of two novels published in the United States, THE MEETING POINT and STORM OF FORTUNE, and his work has appeared in several anthologies and in Evergreen Review, New American Review and Works in Progress. Austin Clarke has also recently been appointed Cultural Attache to the Embassy of Barbados in Washington. . Small Tear Mark On Top Corner Of Front Free Endpaper,Otherwise Very Good In Dustjacket. Bookseller Inventory #

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Title: When He Was Free & Young & He Used To Wear ...
Publisher: Little Brown
Publication Date: 1973
Binding: hardcover
Edition: 1st Edition.

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