Austin McGiffert Wright

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Austin McGiffert Wright

Birthplace: Yonkers, NY, USA
Death: Died in Cincinnati, OH, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of John Kirtland Wright and Katharine Wright
Husband of <private> Wright (Hull)
Father of Joanna Wright; <private> Wright and <private> Wright
Brother of <private> McPherson (Wright) and <private> Toynbee (Wright)

Occupation: Novelist
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About Austin McGiffert 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.


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.


1985 Whiting Writers' Award


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Austin McGiffert Wright's Timeline

September 6, 1922
Yonkers, NY, USA
April 23, 2003
Age 80
Cincinnati, OH, USA