Austin Wright

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Austin Wright
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Austin M. Wright
Born September 6, 1922
Yonkers, New York
Died April 23, 2003(2003-04-23) (aged 80)
Cincinnati, Ohio
Occupation Novelist, literary critic, Professor, Author
Genre Fiction, Criticism
Notable works Tony and Susan, Camden's Eyes, Recalcitrance, Faulkner and the Professors, The Morely Mythology, Telling Time, After Gregory, Disciples, First Persons, The Formal Principle in the Novel
Notable awards Whiting Writers' Award
Spouse Sara Hull Wright
Children Katharine, Joanna, Margaret
Relatives John Kirtland Wright, Austin Tappan Wright, John Henry Wright, Arthur Cushman McGiffert, Mary Tappan Wright

Austin McGiffert Wright (1922 Yonkers, New York – April 23, 2003 Cincinnati) was a novelist, literary critic and professor emeritus of English at the University of Cincinnati.[1]


He grew up in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, son of the geographer John Kirtland Wright and Katharine McGiffert Wright, and namesake of his uncle, Austin Tappan Wright, writer of the utopian novel, Islandia (novel). He graduated from Harvard University in 1943. He served in the Army (1943–1946). He graduated from the University of Chicago, with a master's degree in 1948, and a Ph.D. in 1959.

He married Sara Hull Wright, in 1950. They had three children: Joanna Wright (died 2000), Katharine Wright of Berkeley, CA, and Margaret Wright, and two granddaughters, Madeline Giscombe and Elizabeth Perkins.





  • The American short story in the twenties, University of Chicago Press, 1961
  • John Leeds Barroll, Austin McGiffert Wright, ed. (1969). The art of the short story: an introductory anthology. Allyn and Bacon. 
  • Formal Principle in the Novel. Cornell University Press. 1982. ISBN 978-0-8014-1462-6. 
  • Recalcitrance, Faulkner, and the professors: a critical fiction. University of Iowa Press. 1990. ISBN 978-0-87745-301-7. 


  1. ^ Rebecca Goodman (April 30, 2003). "Obituary: Austin M. Wright, 80, writer, teacher". The Cincinnati Enquirer. 

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