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A Harvard-educated lawyer, Austin Tappan Wright was born to a distinguished family. His father was Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University, and his mother was a respected novelist. After serving in the Boston law firm of Louis Brandeis, Wright took faculty positions at the University of California Law School (Berkeley) and the University of Pennsylvania. He died at the age of 48 in an automobile accident leaving thousands of pages of manuscript detailing his lifelong construction of a wholly imagined world -- what was to become an acknowledged classic of utopian fantasy, Islandia. — biography from Islandia… (more)

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