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Source: Modern American Poetry - JW

Primary Works

The Green Wall, 1957; Saint Judas, 1959; The Lion's Tail and Eyes: Poems Written Out of Laziness and Silence, 1962 (with Robert Bly and William Duffy); The Branch Will Not Break, 1963; Shall We Gather at the River, 1969; Collected Poems, 1971; Two Citizens, 1973; Moments of the Italian Summer, 1976; Old Booksellers and Other Poems, 1976; To a Blossoming Pear Tree, 1977; This Journey, 1982; Above the River: The Complete Poems, 1992.

Saint Judas. Middletown, Conn: Wesleyan UP, 1959. PS3545.R58 S3

The branch will not break; poems. Middletown, Conn: Wesleyan UP, 1963. PS3545 .R58 B7

Shall we gather at the river; poems by James Wright. Middletown, Conn: Wesleyan UP, 1968. PS3545 .R58 S5

Poems. by Hesse, Hermann. selected and translated by James Wright. NY: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1970. PT2617.E85 A28

Collected poems, by James Wright. Middletown, Conn: Wesleyan UP, 1971. PS3545 R58 A6

Neruda and Vallejo: selected poems. edited by Robert Bly. Translations by Robert Bly, John Knoepfle, and James Wright. Boston: Beacon P, 1971. PQ8097.N4 A6 1971b

To a blossoming pear tree. NY: Farrer, Straus and Giroux, 1977. PS3545.R58 T6

This journey. NY: Random House, 1982. PS3545.R58 T5

The delicacy and strength of lace: letters between Leslie Marmon Silko & James Wright. edited and with an introduction by Anne Wright. Saint Paul, Minn.: Graywolf P, 1986. PS3569 .I44 Z49x

Above the river: the complete poems. with an introduction by Donald Hall. NY: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1990. PS 3573 .R5358 A63

A Wild Perfection: The Selected Letters of James Wright. Wright, Anne (ed.); Maley, Saundra R. NY: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2005.

Selected Bibliography 1980-Present

Cocola, Jim. "James Wright." in Bryson, J. Scott and Thompson, Roger. eds. Twentieth-Century American Nature Poets. Detroit: Gale, 2008.

Conte, Joseph. ed. American Poets since World War II: Fifth Series. Detroit: Thomson Gale, 1996.

Dougherty, David C. James Wright. Boston: Twayne, 1987. PS3573 .R5358 Z65

Elkins, Andrew. The poetry of James Wright. Tuscaloosa: U of Alabama P, 1991. PS3573 .R5358 Z67

Roberson, William H. James Wright: An Annotated Bibliography. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow, 1995.

Smith, Dave. ed. The pure clear word: essays on the poetry of James Wright. Urbana: U of Illinois P, 1982. PS3545 .R58 Z8

MLA Style Citation of this Web Page

Reuben, Paul P. "Chapter 10: James Wright." PAL: Perspectives in American Literature- A Research and Reference Guide. URL: (provide page date or date of your login).

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