James Wright (1927-1980)

A selective list of online literary criticism for American poet and spokesman for social justice James Wright, favoring signed articles by recognized scholars and articles published in peer-reviewed sources


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introduction & literary criticism

An introduction to James Wright plus excerpts of reputable critical discussions of some poems. Modern American Poetry (U of Illinois).

"James Wright." Poetry Foundation. Encyclopedia-type introduction to the poet's themes, and techniques, with a biography and samples of poems.

"James Wright." A brief introduction to Wright, from the Academy of American Poets.

Lensing, George S. Strategies for teaching James Wright's poetry, from Heath Guides.

About the annual James Wright poetry festival held in Wright's birthplace, Martins Ferry, Ohio. About the 1987 festival Time Magazine, 19 Oct. 1987.

Anderson, Maggie. "The River Down Home: James Wright and My Hillbilly Father." Ohioana Quarterly, Spring 2001.

Finley, Michael. A nephew of James Wright's describes the influence his uncle had on him. Self-published.

Hass, Robert. Short "poet's choice" article on James Wright's poetry, by former poet laureate Robert Hass, Washington Post, 27 Sept. 1998.

Kirsch, Adam. "Primal Ear: Roethke, Wright, and the cult of authenticity." New Yorker, 1 August 2005 [removed].

Marks, Justin. "In My Father's House There Are Many Rooms." On poet Franz Wright's complicated relationship with his father, James Wright. Web del Sol.

Ruark, Gibbons. "With James Wright At The Grave Of Edward Thomas: Notes From The Cutting Room Floor." Cortland Review, Spring 2003.


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