Arthur F. Wright

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Arthur F. Wright
Born (1913-12-03)December 3, 1913
Portland, Oregon
Died August 11, 1976(1976-08-11) (aged 62)
New London, Connecticut
Citizenship American
Fields Chinese history
Institutions Yale University
Doctoral students Jonathan Spence

Arthur Frederick Wright (December 3, 1913 – August 11, 1976) was an American academic, sinologist, editor and professor of history at Yale University.[1] He specialized in Chinese social and intellectual history of the pre-modern period.[2]

Early life[edit]

Wright's undergraduate degrees at Stanford University and Oxford University were followed by further studies at Harvard. He earned a master's degree in 1940; and he was awarded a doctorate in 1947.[2]


Wright and his wife, Mary C. Wright, joined the faculty of Stanford University in 1947; and both were made full professors in 1958. In 1959, Wright and his wife joined the faculty at Yale. In 1961, Wright became the Charles Seymour Professor of History at Yale.[2]

Wright believed that the scholar "should occasionally stand back and contemplate the whole continuum of time and of problems which give meaning to his specialized studies."[3]

Selected works[edit]

In a statistical overview derived from writings by and about Arthur Wright, OCLC/WorldCat encompasses roughly 70+ works in 200+ publications in 6 languages and 8,800+ library holdings.[4]

  • Studies in Chinese Thought (1953)
  • Buddhism in Chinese History (1957)
  • Confucian Personalities (1962)
  • Confucianism and Chinese civilization (1964)
  • Perspectives on the Tʻang (1973)
  • The Sui Dynasty (1978)
  • The Confucian Persuasion (1980)
  • Studies in Chinese Buddhism (1990)


  1. ^ Library of Congress (LOC), Wright, Arthur F.
  2. ^ a b c "Prof. Arthur Wright of Yale, 62, Scholar of Chinese History, Dies," New York Times (US). August 14, 1976; retrieved 2011-03-14
  3. ^ Brown, Sidney D. "Review: Arthur F. Wright. (1957). Buddhism in Chinese History," The Historian: a Journal of History (US). Vol. 22, 1959, p. 106.
  4. ^ WorldCat Identities Archived December 30, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.: Wright, Arthur F. 1913-1976