Wright, James, 1927-1980

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From the description of Reminiscences of James Arlington Wright : oral history, 1971. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 122512873

American poet. Born in 1927 in Martin's Ferry, Ohio. Graduated from Kenyon College in 1952; completed his M.A. (1954) and Ph.D. (1957) at the University of Washington. Wright taught in the English Department at the University of Minnesota from 1957 to 1963; he received subsequent appointments at Macalester College (St. Paul) and Hunter College (New York City). Wright died in New York in 1981. He received the Pulitzer Prize in 1972; was elected Fellow of the American Academy of Poets, 1972.

From the description of James Wright Papers, 1943-1985. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62731774

James Arlington Wright was born in 1927 in Martin's Ferry, Ohio. After serving in the Army in Japan, Wright attended college on the G.I. Bill, graduating from Kenyon College in 1952. He received a Fulbright Fellowship and studied at the University of Vienna before returning to the U.S. and completing his M.A. (1954) and Ph.D. (1957) at the University of Washington. Wright taught in the English Department at the University of Minnesota from 1957 to 1963 and received subsequent appointments at Macalester College (St. Paul) and Hunter College (New York City).

Wright was elected a fellow of The Academy of American Poets in 1971 and received the Pulitzer Prize in poetry for his Collected Poems in 1972.Wright died in New York in 1980.

Biographical information from the The Academy of American Poets Web site.

From the guide to the James Wright Papers, 1943-1985, (University of Minnesota Libraries. Literary Manuscripts Collection, Manuscripts Division [mss])

Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet James Wright (JW) was born in 1927 in Martins Ferry, Ohio. His parents were Dudley Wright, a die-cutter, and mother Jessie Wright, a Laundromat worker. JW began writing poetry in 1938 when he was inspired by James Whitcomb Riley and Lord Byron. After high school, JW was drafted into the United States Army for service during World War II. After completing his tour, he took advantage of the G.I. Bill and entered college. He eventually received his Ph.D. in English from the University of Washington, and became a professor at the University of Minnesota.

JW's first book of poetry was published in 1957. In 1972, he won the Pulitzer Prize for his Collected Poems published in 1971.

JW married his high-school sweetheart Liberty Kardules. The couple had two sons Franz and Marshall. JW and his first wife divorced in 1962. After moving to New York City to take a position with Hunter College, he met Edith Ann Runk (EAR), the "Annie" of many of his poems. They were married in April 1967. Throughout his life, JW suffered from some mental health issues including obsessive compulsive disorder, manic-depression and alcoholism.

From the guide to the James Wright photograph album, 1928-1979, (Ohio University)

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creatorOf Wright, James Arlington, 1927-1980. James Wright Papers, 1943-1985. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
referencedIn Robert Bly Translations manuscripts series, 1937, 1950s-2000s, undated, 1960s-2000s, undated University of Minnesota Libraries. Literary Manuscripts Collection, Manuscripts Division. [mss]
creatorOf Choice Magazine. Records, 1961-1970. Brown University, John Hay Library
creatorOf Wright, James Arlington, 1927-1980. Office files, of The American Poetry Review, 1979-1982. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn John Eugene Unterecker Papers, 1961-1987 Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library,
referencedIn Robert Bly Correspondence series, 1916, 1939, 1941-2009, undated, 1941-2009 University of Minnesota Libraries. Literary Manuscripts Collection, Manuscripts Division. [mss]
creatorOf Wright, James Arlington, 1927-1980. James Wright photograph album [manuscript] 1928-1979. Ohio University, Alden Library
referencedIn Unterecker, John, 1922-1989. Papers, 1961-1987. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Bly, Carol. Carol Bly papers, 1936-2003. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
referencedIn Robert Bly papers, Circa 1900s-2009, undated, 1946-1999 University of Minnesota Libraries. Literary Manuscripts Collection, Manuscripts Division. [mss]
referencedIn Richard Hugo papers and other materials, 1942-1985, 1973-1982 University of Washington Libraries Special Collections
referencedIn Marguerite Yourcenar additional papers, 1842-1996. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Robert Bly Photographs series, Circa 1900s-2007, undated University of Minnesota Libraries. Literary Manuscripts Collection, Manuscripts Division. [mss]
referencedIn Rich, Adrienne Cecile. Papers: Series I-II, 1933-1999 (inclusive). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
referencedIn Breslin, James E. B., 1935-. Office files of The American Poetry Review, 1981-1985. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Robert Bly Publishing and Editing series, 1950, 1952, 1954-1990s, 2000-2002, 2006, undated, 1957-1989 University of Minnesota Libraries. Literary Manuscripts Collection, Manuscripts Division. [mss]
referencedIn Coles, Robert. Office files of The American Poetry Review, 1972-1992. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Ransom, John Crowe, 1888-1974. Letter to Mrs. F.E. Lund [manuscript], 1968 February 12. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Bly, Robert. Robert Bly papers, circa 1900s-2009 (bulk 1946-1999). University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
referencedIn Robert Bly Miscellaneous materials series, 1946-2000s, undated University of Minnesota Libraries. Literary Manuscripts Collection, Manuscripts Division. [mss]
referencedIn Merle Daniel Adlum papers, 1945-1986 University of Washington Libraries Special Collections
creatorOf Eberhart, Richard, 1904-2005. Papers, 1962-1974. Dartmouth College Library
creatorOf Dickey, James, 1923-. Papers, 1940-1990 (inclusive), 1968-1990 (bulk). Emory University Library, Special Collect Department
creatorOf Bly, Robert. Robert Bly tranlsations manuscripts series, 1937, 1950s-2000s (bulk 1960s-2000s). University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
creatorOf Pearce, Roy Harvey. Roy Harvey Pearce papers, 1945-1995. University of California, San Diego, UC San Diego Library; UCSD Library
creatorOf Lowenfels, Walter, 1897-1976. Papers, 1966-1967. Washington University in St. Louis, .
referencedIn Moss, Stanley. Office files of The American Poetry Review, 1978-1998. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Wright, James Arlington, 1927-1980. Reminiscences of James Arlington Wright : oral history, 1971. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Sexton, Anne, 1928-1974. Anne Sexton Papers, 1912-1996, (bulk 1953-1974). Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
creatorOf James Wright photograph album, 1928-1979 Ohio University
referencedIn Robert Bly papers, Circa 1900s-2009, undated, 1946-1999 University of Minnesota Libraries. Literary Manuscripts Collection, Manuscripts Division. [mss]
referencedIn Poetry mss., 1954-2002 Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)http://www.indiana.edu/~liblilly
creatorOf Shackelford, Rudy, 1944-. With the gift of an alabaster tortoise : ballata, after Landini : for mezzo-soprano, flute (alto flute and piccolo), guitar, and cello / Rudy Shackelford ; texts by James Wright and D.H. Lawrence. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Sister Mary Bernetta Quinn papers, 1948-1981 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Anne Sexton Papers 122492286., 1912-1996, (bulk 1953-1974) Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
creatorOf James Wright Papers, 1943-1985 University of Minnesota Libraries. Literary Manuscripts Collection, Manuscripts Division. [mss]
referencedIn Robert Bly Photographs series, Circa 1900s-2007, undated University of Minnesota Libraries. Literary Manuscripts Collection, Manuscripts Division. [mss]
referencedIn Roy Harvey Pearce Papers, 1945 - 1995 Mandeville Special Collections Library
creatorOf Dickey, James, 1923-. Papers, 1954-1970 (inclusive), 1957-1967 (bulk). Washington University in St. Louis, .
creatorOf Bly, Robert. Robert Bly publishing and editing series, 1950-2006 (bulk 1957-1989). University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
referencedIn Stein, Kevin, 1954-. Office files, of The American Poetry Review, 1991-1993. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Dickey, James. Papers, 1954-1970. Washington University in St. Louis, .
referencedIn Smith, Dave, 1942-. Chopping the distance / Dave Smith. Ohio University, Alden Library
referencedIn Quinn, Mary Bernetta. Sister Mary Bernetta Quinn papers, 1948-1981. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Bly, Robert. Robert Bly miscellaneous materials series, 1946-2000s. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
creatorOf Wright, James Arlington, 1927-1980. Collection of 33 typed and autograph letters : various places, to Ann Sanfedele, 1973 Mar. 5-1979 Aug. 30. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Kinnell mss, 1936-1980 Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)http://www.indiana.edu/~liblilly
referencedIn Bly, Robert. Robert Bly photographs series, circa 1900s-2007. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
creatorOf Bly, Robert. Robert Bly correspondence series, 1916, 1939, 1941-2009. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
referencedIn Quinn, Mary Bernetta. Mary Bernetta Quinn papers, 1937-1998. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
referencedIn Robert Mezey Collection, ca. 1952 University of Minnesota Libraries. Literary Manuscripts Collection, Manuscripts Division. [mss]
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associatedWith Bly, Robert person
associatedWith Bly, Robert. person
associatedWith Breslin, James E. B., 1935- person
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associatedWith Sanfedele, Ann. person
associatedWith Sexton, Anne person
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Poets, American--Sources
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Birth 1927-12-13

Death 1980-03-25

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