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Clancy Martin is a Canadian philosopher, novelist, and essayist.
Martin's debut novel How to Sell (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) was a Times Literary Supplement "Best Book of 2009" (chosen by Craig Raine), and a "Best Book of 2009" for The Guardian, Publishers Weekly, The Kansas City Star.
His writing has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's Magazine, The New Republic, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The London Review of Books, The Atlantic, The Times Literary Supplement, Lapham's Quarterly, Ethics, The Believer, The Journal of the History of Philosophy, GQ, Esquire, Details, Elle, Travel + Leisure, Bookforum, Vice, Men's Journal, and many other newspapers, magazines and journals, and has been translated into more than thirty languages.
Martin is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Missouri in Kansas City, and is Professor of Business Ethics at the Henry W. Bloch School of Management (UMKC). He also holds the position of Visiting Professor of Philosophy at Ashoka University. Martin has also won a German Academic Exchange Service Fellowship and the Pushcart Prize. He is a Guggenheim Fellow, and is a contributing editor at Harper's Magazine.
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Clancy Martin was born in 1967, the middle child in a family of three boys. His father Bill was a type 1 diabetic, and a successful real estate developer in Toronto and Calgary, Canada. Clancy's father Bill became involved in New Age spirituality, founding a "Church of Living Love" in Palm Beach, Florida in 1976. The church expanded to several locations before foundering. Bill would launch a number of such churches with ephemeral success. He died in 1997 in the psychiatric ward of a hospital for indigent persons.
Clancy earned his B.A. degree at Baylor University. He attended graduate school at University of Texas, Austin, in the philosophy department. He quit in the early 1990s to start a jewelry business with his older brother. He resumed his graduate studies after his father died in 1997. He received his PhD in philosophy from UT Austin in 2003. He then went on to teach at University of Missouri, Kansas City, where he is now a Professor of philosophy.
Martin is married to the writer Amie Barrodale.
- The philosophy of deception. Oxford University Press. 2009. ISBN 978-0-19-532793-9.
- Love and Lies. New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux. 2015.
- Travels in Central America", The Milan Review of Books, Milan Italy, 2013. https://web.archive.org/web/20130328015728/http://www.themilanreview.com/news/the-milan-review-of-adultery-2/
- Clancy Martin, Robert C. Solomon, Above the Bottom Line, Wadsworth/Thomson Learning, 2003, ISBN 978-0-15-505950-4
- Clancy Martin, Robert Solomon, Wayne Vaught, Morality and the Good Life, McGraw-Hill Higher Education, 2008, ISBN 978-0-07-340742-5
- Clancy Martin, Wayne Vaught, Robert C. Solomon, Ethics Across the Professions, Oxford University Press, 2009, ISBN 978-0-19-532668-0
- Joanne B. Ciulla, Clancy Martin, Robert C. Solomon, Honest Work, Oxford University Press, 2010, ISBN 978-0-19-538315-7
- Clancy Martin, Robert C. Solomon, Kathleen M. Higgins, "Introducing Philosophy." Oxford University Press, 2013, ISBN 9780199764860
- Jason Lee Brown, Jay Prefontaine, eds. (2011). "The Guinea Pig". New Stories from the Midwest. Ohio University Press. ISBN 978-0-8040-1135-8.
- How to Sell: A Novel. Macmillan. 2010. ISBN 978-0-312-42964-5.
- Travels in Central America, The Milan Review of Books, Milan Italy, 2013. https://web.archive.org/web/20130328015728/http://www.themilanreview.com/news/the-milan-review-of-adultery-2/
- TOM McCARTHY (May 14, 2009). "Art of the Deal". New York Times.
- Zach Baron Wednesday (May 20, 2009). "Diamonds Are Whatever: Clancy Martin's How to Sell". The Village Voice.
- Catherine Taylor (27 June 2009). "How to Sell". The Guardian.
- Lincoln Michel (Jun 2, 2009). "How to Sell by Clancy Martin". Bookforum.
- Clancy Martin, "Faculty/Staff | Ashoka University", Ashoka University, April 6, 2018.
- Clancy Martin, "Bill Martin: The Shaman, The Conman, My Father", Men's Journal, July 19, 2013.
- April Lawson, "How to Leave the Bathroom: An Interview with Clancy Martin", Vice magazine, Feb 17 2015.
- Clancy Martin, Curriculum Vitae, U. Missouri Kansas City website, accessed 2 May 2017.
- "Lite-Brite," by Clancy Martin, in Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts (25.1)
- Interview with Clancy Martin at Gigantic magazine
- Interview with Clancy Martin at MobyLives