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Clarke, Austin, 1896-1974.

Austin Clarke letters to [Michael] Begnal


Descriptive Summary

Identification: MSS 099, F385

Creator: Clarke, Austin, 1896-1974.

Title: Austin Clarke letters to [Michael] Begnal

Inclusive Dates: 1970–1971

Extent: 2 items (4 pp.)

Abstract: Two letters from Irish author Austin Clarke to Michael Begnal.

Language: Materials entirely in English.


MSS 099, F385, Austin Clarke letters to Michael Begnal, Special Collections, University of Delaware Library, Newark, Delaware.

Shelving Summary

Shelved in SPEC MSS 099


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Purchase, 1993.


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Biographical Note

Austin Clarke (1896–1974)

Irish poet, playwright and novelist Austin Clarke (1896–1974) was lauded by members of the Irish Literary Renaissance such as George Russell [AE] and Padraic Colum. W. B. Yeats was a strong influence on Clarke's poems and plays. Although Clarke also wrote novels and memoirs, he is best remembered for his poetry.


"Clarke, Austin, 1896–1974" Literature Online. (accessed February 20, 2007).

Michael Begnal (1939–)

American Michael Begnal (1939–) was an assistant professor at Pennsylvania State University at the time the Austin Clarke letters were written.


"Michael Henry Begnal (American writer 1939–)." Biography Resource Center. (accessed February 20, 2007).

Scope and Content Note

The two letters to Michael Begnal concern the Irish Literary Renaissance, Irish poetry and fiction, Clarke's writing, James Joyce, Donleavy, censorship in Ireland (including Clarke's own work), and other matters.

Selected Search Terms

Topical Terms
Authors, Irish--20th century--Correspondence.
Form/Genre Terms
Letters (correspondence)

Related Materials in this Repository

This item forms part of MSS 099 Miscellaneous Literary and Historical Manuscripts.

Detailed Contents List

Typed letter signed with autograph additions and corrections, 1970 October 15   [Box 22 F385]

2 pp.

Typed letter signed with autograph additions and corrections , 1971 February 9   [Box 22 F385]

2 pp.