Clara Claiborne Park

Clara Claiborne Park

Clara Justine Claiborne graduated from Radcliffe College in 1944. She married physicist David Park in 1945, and they both attended the University of Michigan, where she earned a master's degree in 1949, majoring in English literature. They moved to Massachusetts in 1951, where Park taught at Berkshire Community College and then at Williams College, where she was on the faculty from 1975 to 1994.

She and her husband had four children, of whom one, the artist Jessica Park, was autistic. Her book 'The Siege', about Jessica's first eight years, was the first major challenge to the idea that autism was caused by the parents. The followup 'Exiting Nirvana' continued the story of Jessica and her family.

Books by Clara Claiborne Park