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1896 - 1974

Born in Dublin, Clarke was a poet, a playwright and a novelist. In the later part of his life his work became better known principally through the Dolmen Press, who published his Collected Plays (1963) and later single plays, and volumes of poems, culminating in his Collected Poems (1974). With the poet Robert Farren, Clarke founded the Dublin Verse-Speaking Society in 1938. The group presented verse plays and poems at the Peacock Theatre from 1941 to 1944. Clarke was also involved in the Lyric Theatre Company, a group which staged works at the Abbey from 1944, principally in the verse tradition WB Yeats established in the theatre's early years. Notably, the group produced the premiere of George Fitzmaurice's The Dandy Dolls, in 1945.


Play Title Playwright
The Plot Succeeds Austin Clarke