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Born on October 1, 1917, Jane Tyson Clement grew up on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. But she always preferred Bay Head, New Jersey where her family owned a summer house. “There was something eternal about it that was always a rock and an anchor for me.”

From 1935-1939 Jane attended Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts where she earned a degree in English. Despite her privileged background, Jane was deeply disturbed by the economic and social injustices she saw around her and yearned to do something constructive with her life.

After graduating from Smith, Jane taught as an intern at Germantown School in Pennsylvania where she met Robert Allen Clement, a Quaker attorney and fellow pacifist. They were married at the end of 1941.

In late 1952 the Clements came into contact with the Bruderhof ("place of brothers"), a Christian community movement with origins in Europe. In the Bruderhof they found an answer to their growing frustration with the deadening complacency of post-war suburbia. In late 1954 the Clements moved to Woodcrest, a Bruderhof in Rifton, New York.

Bob and Jane remained members of the communities for the rest of their lives, and lived with their five children at Bruderhof communities in various locations including East Sussex, England and Norfolk, Connecticut. Jane taught for decades in Bruderhof schools and was a beloved teacher to generations of students. She died on March 21, 2000; Bob six years later on May 4, 2006.

Although her writings were relatively unknown during her life, Jane was a prolific author whose poems, plays, and short stories reflect a life lived in search for truth and wholeness.

This site contains only a fraction of Jane's work. We will be posting more material soon.

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