Wright, Thomas, 1859-1936

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Thomas Wright (1859-1936), biographer of Augustus M. Toplady (1740-1778), British preacher and hymn writer.

From the description of Augustus Montague Toplady collection, [ca. 1762-1776]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 173863204

Thomas Wright was born May 16, 1859 in Olney, Buckinghamshire, England. He was educated at Buxton College, a boys' school in Buxton, Derbyshire, and married Angelina Edwards on January 1, 1884. He was the principal of Cowper School in Olney, which he founded himself in 1882 at the age of 23.

Having no formal education beyond boarding school, Wright counted his true Alma Mater as the British Museum library, where he spent much of his time studying the works of Emerson, Carlyle, and Washington Irving. Wright authored a number of works throughout his life, including biographies, fiction, and poetry, beginning in 1880 with an article contributed to the Olney Almanac. He was best known for his biographies on well known writers, which include The Life of William Cowper (1892), The Life of Daniel Defoe (1894), The Life of John Payne (1919), and The Life of William Blake (1929).

In addition to founding the Blake Society in 1912, Wright also founded the William Cowper Society in 1899 and the John Payne Society in 1905. He founded the Cowper Museum in Olney in 1900.

Wright spent the majority of his life in Olney. He died in 1936 at the age of 76, mere months after completing his autobiography, Thomas Wright of Olney.

From the guide to the Thomas Wright Scrapbooks on William Blake, 1912-1936, (Charles Deering McCormick Library of Special Collections)

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Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Wright, Thomas, 1859-1936. Thomas Wright correspondence, 1921 July 5. Library of Congress
referencedIn Hodder and Stoughton. Hodder and Stoughton records, 1875-1914. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Fletcher, Joseph, 1839?-1915. Letter, 1902, June 6, Lowestoft, England, to Thomas Wright, Olney, England. Brown University Archives, John Hay Library
creatorOf Wright, Thomas, 1859-1936,. Augustus Montague Toplady collection, [ca. 1762-1776]. Emory University Library, Special Collect Department
creatorOf Thomas Wright Scrapbooks on William Blake, 1912-1936 Charles Deering McCormick Library of Special Collections
referencedIn Andrew Lang papers, 1811-1971. Houghton Library
referencedIn Hodder and Stoughton Records, 1875-1914 Columbia University. Rare Book an Manuscript Library
creatorOf Wright, Thomas, 1859-1936. Letters, 1916-1919, Olney, Bucks, England, to [Philip D.] Sherman. Brown University Archives, John Hay Library
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Relation Name
associatedWith Blake Society. corporateBody
associatedWith Blake Society. Meeting corporateBody
associatedWith Blake, William, 1757-1827 person
associatedWith Fletcher, Joseph, 1839?-1915. person
associatedWith Hodder and Stoughton. corporateBody
associatedWith Huntingdon, Selina Hastings, Countess of, 1707-1791. person
correspondedWith Lang, Andrew, 1844-1912 person
associatedWith Payne, Roger, 1739-1797. person
associatedWith Sherman, Philip D. (Philip Darrell), 1881-1957, person
associatedWith Toplady, Augustus, 1740-1778. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Great Britain
Church music


Birth 1859

Death 1936


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