Clarence Major (b.1936) is an American writer and painter. He is the author of eleven novels and fifteen collections of poetry. He was awarded the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award in the Fine Arts by the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, the 2016 PEN Oakland/Reginald Lockett Lifetime Achievement Award, a Fulbright Fellowship and a National Council on the Arts Fellowship. He is also a distinguished professor emeritus of twentieth century American literature at the University of California at Davis.
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