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Wright (Andrew) Papers
MSS 0826  
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Description
Papers of Andrew Wright, Professor Emeritus of English Literature at UC San Diego (1963-1991). Wright was a co-founder of UC San Diego's Department of Literature; he compiled the well-known Selective Bibliography for the Study of English and American Literature (with Richard D. Altick; 1979) and A Reader's Guide to English and American Literature (1972).
Background
Andrew Wright attended Harvard College before being recruited to serve in the Office of Strategic Services during World War II. He was stationed in England, where he met his wife, Gina, but returned to Harvard after the war to earn a bachelor's degree in English. He went on to earn his master's and doctorate degrees from Ohio State University in 1948 and 1951, respectively. He taught at Ohio State University for 11 years before joining UC San Diego in 1963 where he (along with Roy Harvey Pearce) co-founded the Department of Literature and served as an early chairman of the Library Committee. Wright was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship and Fulbright Fellowship twice each, and was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature of the United Kingdom. He served on editorial boards, and was a reviewer for The Times Literary Supplement and other journals. He taught at UC San Diego for nearly 30 years before retiring in 1991. Notable works by Wright include Jane Austen's Novels: A Study in Structure (1953), Joyce Cary: A Preface to His Novels (1958), Henry Fielding: Mask and Feast (1965), Blake's Job: A Commentary (1972), Anthony Trollope: Dream and Art (1983), and Fictional Discourse and Historical Space; Defoe and Theroux, Austen and Forster, Conrad and Greene (1987). Wright passed away August 3, 2009.
Extent
4 Linear feet (10 archives boxes)
Restrictions
Publication rights are held by the creator of the collection.