James Wright Biography

James Wright Biography

December 13, 1927 was the day when renowned Poet James Arlington Wright was born in Martins Ferry, Ohio. His father worked at a glass factory, while his mother worked at a laundry unit.

Born: December 13, 1927, Martins Ferry, Ohio, United States
Died: March 25, 1980, New York City, New York, United States
Children: Franz Wright
Awards: Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts, US & Canada
Education: University of Washington (1959), Kenyon College (1952)

Personal Biography

Wright married Liberty Kardules in Martins Ferry in 1953. He had two sons Franz and Marshall, the marriage ended in divorce. At the age of 40, Wright remarried Edith Anne Crunk, the "Annie" of his later poems. Wright's older son Franz Wright inherited his father’s gift, and became an accomplished poet in his own right. A rare distinction in the parent/child pair, Wright and Franz won the Pulitzer Prize in the same category.

Career

James Wright graduated with honors from Kenyon College in 1952, continued his further study in Vienna on a Fulbright fellowship. Wright was passionate about English and Russian literature, he published 20 journals. Wright won the prestigious Robert Frost Poetry Prize and got elected to the Phi Beta Kappa.
In 1954, he studied at the University of Washington. Wrights manuscript was selected by W. H. Auden to be published in the Yale Younger Poets Series. The Green Wall won him the prestigious Yale Younger Poets Prize. His dissertation on Charles Dickens fetched him a PhD from Washington. Diagnosed with cancer of the tongue, Wright died on March 25, 1980.During the Annual James Wright Poetry Festival at Martins Ferry, Ohio, enthusiasts participate in poetry reading sessions. Discussions and workshop are conducted on the works of James Wright.

Achievements

Publications

  1. The Green Wall -1957
  2. Saint Judas - 1959
  3. The Branch Will Not Break -1963
  4. Autumn Begins in Martins Ferry-1963
  5. Collected Poems - 1971
  6. Two Citizens -1973
  7. Moments of the Italian Summer -1976
  8. To a Blossoming Pear Tree – 1977

Posthumous Publications

  1. This Journey -1982; completed in 1980
  2. The Temple at Nimes 1982
  3. James Wright, In Defense against This Exile. Letters To Wayne Burns, introduction by John R. Doyen 1985
  4. Above the River - the Complete Poems, introduction by Donald Hall -1992
  5. Selected Poems -2005
  6. A Wild Perfection: The Selected Letters of James Wright -2005

Awards

1972 – Awarded Pulitzer Prize, for Collected Poems
1957 – Recipient of Yale Series of Younger Poets Award, for 'The Green Wall'
1962 – Won the Ohiona Book Award, for 'Saint Judas'

Quotes

“(Ike) needs a facility that supports the education our students deserve.”
- James Wright

“At the beginning of last season, I'm not sure he wanted to be here. Jose was shy and it seemed like he was embarrassed about his communication.”
- James Wright

“Dedication to and his passionate zeal in managing his office and levels of responsibilities are, in my opinion, great strengths.”
- James Wright

“He has come out of his shell so much in the last two years. We've tried to make him feel normal, if there is such a thing.”
- James Wright

“I asked the Mesquite coach who he thought the best team in Mesquite is. He said they were about even.”
- James Wright

“I don't want my neighbors shooting at a dog in the neighborhood. Something has to be done about this dog.”
- James Wright

“I expect us to play to our potential against John Tyler. If you don't have the correct mental state, you could be in trouble.”
- James Wright

“I feel like this is a career goal. I've been here four years with the seniors. It's really tough to say goodbye to them.”
- James Wright

“If the water is turbulent, the mosquito larvae won't make it to the top to suck in air,”
- James Wright

“Isaiah had three players on him. He was the focal point of their defense. It was good we had other players step up.”
- James Wright

“Isaiah is playing extremely well. Scoring 10 games in a row is quite an accomplishment.”
- James Wright

“It is this type of leadership that promotes academic excellence in the public schools of Alabama.”
- James Wright

“It was probably the best first half we have played in two years. Our mistakes were very few and we did the simple things right.”
- James Wright

“It's been a long time since I've been able to say we're 100 percent healthy.”
- James Wright

“It's fine because after the first district game, we still have things to correct.”
- James Wright

“Maybe something we should add to the list of items to pack for an emergency — with the flashlight, water and food — should be insect repellent,”
- James Wright

“Mesquite will be a tough test. They're a scrappy team. They nearly upset us last year at their place.”
- James Wright

“Most of the pollution in the water already is dead animal and plant matter and building debris, ... good stagnant nursery for mosquitoes.”
- James Wright

“One of the most prevalent zoonotic diseases is associated with mosquitoes — West Nile virus, Eastern Equine Encephalitis and St. Louis Encephalitis,”
- James Wright

“Practice good personal hygiene. Wash your hands before you eat. Be aware of good clean water and food sources.”
- James Wright

“They can buy whatever brand they want. We will supply the finance.”
- James Wright

“We went riding around for awhile.”
- James Wright

“You always have to be careful.”
- James Wright


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