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mardi 20 juillet 2010

Obituary: Vale Laurie Clancy 1942-2010

We have just been informed of the death last week of Melbourne fiction writer, academic and critic Laurie Clancy.

Clancy’s first novel was A Collapsible Man (1975), and it was followed by Perfect Love (1983); The Wildlife Reserve (1994)—an admirable attempt at an Australian campus comedy—and Night Parking (1999). He was also a regular contributor of short stories to Australian journals and papers. Many of these stories have been anthologised, and a number were collected as The Wife Specialist (1979); City to City (1989), and Loyalties (2007). Several of his works of fiction were awarded prizes, including a National Book Council Award for A Collapsible Man, and a Fellowship of Australian Writers ANA Literature Award for Perfect Love.

Clancy had a lengthy academic appointment at LaTrobe University (1967-1996) and later taught creative writing at RMIT. He developed a reputation as a critic, reviewer and enthusiastic supporter of Australian literature, and in particular of 20th century Australian fiction. His publications included monographs on Xavier Herbert and Christina Stead, and he also wrote an excellent introductory handbook, A Reader’s Guide to Australian Fiction (OUP: 1992)

A funeral service for Laurie Clancy will be held at Joyce Chapel, Fawkner Crematorium, Thursday July 22nd, at 12.45 pm.

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