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She attended Vassar College in the 1930s and was involved with the literary magazine Con Spirito there, along with Elizabeth Bishop, Mary McCarthy, and her sister Eunice Clark. She married Robert Penn Warren in 1952 and lived in Fairfield, Connecticut, with him and their two children, Rosanna and Gabriel.
For her book The Oysters of Locmariaquer (1964), Clark received the U.S. National Book Award in category Arts and Letters. Warren had won the Poetry award in 1958. She also authored two other works of nonfiction, Rome and a Villa and Eyes, Etc., and the novels The Bitter Box, Baldur's Gate, and Camping Out.
- Thomas, Robert McG., Jr. (February 19, 1996). "Eleanor Clark is Dead at 82 - A Ruminative Travel Essayist". The New York Times. Retrieved May 30, 2010.
- "National Book Awards – 1965". National Book Foundation. Retrieved March 10, 2012.
"Arts and Letters" was an award category from 1964 to 1976.
- "National Book Awards – 1958". National Book Foundation. Retrieved March 2, 2012.
(With essay by Kiki Petrosino from the Awards 60-year anniversary blog, and other material on Warren.)
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