A Collection of Franz Wright Poems and Letters to a Fellow Poet


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Unbound. A collection of 36 Typescript and Holograph Poems from Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Franz Wright, with nearly half of the poems Signed or Inscribed, along with five Autographed and Typed Letters Signed to a fellow poet. Wright, the son of poet James Wright, won the Pulitzer Prize in 2004 for his book, *Walking to Martha’s Vineyard*, matching his father, who won the prize in the same category in 1972, and making them the only father and son to accomplish this feat. The poems in this collection were written between 1985 and 1992 during which time Franz Wright published several books. A great many of these poems were published in those books but appear here in earlier drafts with alternate verses and different titles. Several of the poems could not be identified and may be unpublished.

The accompanying letters sent to his correspondent are surprisingly genial and optimistic considering Wright’s tendency toward darker themes in his work. In them, he encourages his correspondents writing, speaks about his own love of poetry, comments on one of his father's poems, and talks about his recently gained sobriety. Nearly all the poems and letters are in near fine or better condition though a few have a bit of wear at their extremities.

A remarkable and notable collection of poetry and letters from this Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, giving new insight into his life, his relationships, and his writing process.

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A Collection of Franz Wright Poems and Letters to a Fellow Poet. Franz WRIGHT.
A Collection of Franz Wright Poems and Letters to a Fellow Poet
A Collection of Franz Wright Poems and Letters to a Fellow Poet

Franz Wright
birth name: Franz Wright
born: 3/18/1953

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The winner of a Pulitzer Prize in poetry, Franz Wright is noted for his verse that often tackles somber themes, including alcoholism, drug abuse, and mental illness, as well as themes of repentance, self discovery, and spirituality. Before he was awarded a Pulitzer Prize, Wright once told CA: "I write (and have done so since writing first offered itself to me at age fifteen or so) primarily for personal pleasure. In fact, I cannot recall ever having been genuinely happy except during periods of time when I seemed to be writing well, for illumination and self-transformation. This is not to say I have no ambition. Occasionally (actually rather often over the years) I publish my work. I doubt if anyone notices at all, which is perfectly all right with me." - from Contemporary Authors Onlinemore