James Wright

Wright, James

James Wright, 1927–80, American poet, b. Ohio. He studied at Kenyon College and the Univ. of Washington. Wright was the master of an elegant, beautifully controlled style. His early poems contained surrealistic juxtapositions; later works abandoned willed complexity in favor of a plainer diction. His collections include The Green Wall (1957), Shall We Gather at the River? (1968), Collected Poems (1971, Pulitzer Prize), To a Blossoming Pear Tree (1977), and the posthumous volumes This Journey (1982), The Shape of Light (1986), and Above the River: The Complete Poems (1990). He also translated Latin American, European, and Chinese poetry.

See his collected prose, ed. A. Wright (1982); biography by J. Blunk (2017).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2018, The Columbia University Press.

James Wright: Selected full-text books and articles

New Poets of England and America By Louis Simpson; Robert Pack; Donald Hall Meridian Books, 1957
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The Poetry of James Wright By Andrew Elkins University of Alabama Press, 1991
Robert Bly and James Wright: A Correspondence By The Virginia Quarterly Review, Vol. 81, No. 1, Winter 2005
Crisis in the Career of James Wright By Graves, Michael Hollins Critic, Vol. 22, No. 5, December 1985
"I Have a Secret with Myself": James Wright's Classicism By Campion, Peter Parnassus : Poetry in Review, Vol. 29, No. 1/2, January 1, 2006
Bringing Blood to Trakl's Ghost By Gustafson, Mark The Antioch Review, Vol. 72, No. 4, Fall 2014
The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics By Roland Greene; Stephen Cushman; Clare Cavanagh; Jahan Ramazani; Paul Rouzer Princeton University Press, 2012 (4th edition)
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