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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1605-1605.5

Austin Tappan Wright papers


Contains correspondence, and manuscripts of Islandia by American lawyer and writer Austin Tappan Wright.


  • 1901-1958

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


3 linear feet (10 volumes and 4 boxes)

Contains carbon typescripts of the uncut version of Islandia, and "Islandia: History and Description," purportedly written by Jean Perrier, first French consul to Islandia; together with preliminary sketches, promotional material and correspondence concerning the publication and reception of Islandia, including letters from Leonard Bacon, Elmer Davis, and Maxwell E. Perkins. Also includes a volume of manuscript poems, Dreams and Other Verses; and college writings of Wright.

Biographical / Historical

Austin Tappan Wright (1883-1931), Harvard Class of 1905, was a lawyer and law professor at the University of California and the University of Pennsylvania. In secret he wrote a lengthy utopian fantasy, Islandia, which was published posthumously in 1942 in a shortened version by Farrar & Rinehart.


Organized in call-number order.

Physical Location

MS, b, pf

Immediate Source of Acquisition

59M-235; 59M-236; 59M-237; 59M-238; 59M-239; and 59M-240. Deposited by Sylvia Wright Mitarachi (Mrs. Paul J. Mitarachi), 725 Orange Street, New Haven 11, Connecticut; received: 1959-1960 April- March.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

62M-82 and 62M-83. Gift of John K. Wright,through Sylvia Wright Mitarachi, 725 Orange Street, New Haven 11, Connecticut; received: 1962 September 6.

Wright, Austin Tappan, 1883-1931. Austin Tappan Wright papers, 1901-1958: Guide.
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