North American Scholar

WRIGHT, Theodore Lyman, Jr

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  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1858-09-13
  • Born City: Beloit
  • Born State/Country: WI
  • Parents: Theodore Lyman, a businessman, & Jane Newcomb W.
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 1926-10-04
  • Death City: Beloit
  • Death State/Country: IL
  • Married: Jean V. Ingham, 29 Mar. 1909.
  • Education:

    A.B. Beloit Coll., 1880; A.M., 1884; A.M. Harvard, 1884; study at ASCSA, 1887; Litt.D. Coll. of Wooster, 1910.

  • Professional Experience:

    Lat. tchr. Beloit HS, 1880-1; Beloit Coll. Acad., 1881-3; asst. prof, to prof. Gk. lit. & art Beloit Coll., 1888-1926; summer lctr. Bureau of U. Travel, 1904-26; Beloit Sch. Bd., 1898-1902, 1917-20.

  • Publications:

    "Ode. The Four Horizons," Beloit College Semicentennial Anniversary June 20-23 1897 (Beloit, 1897), 93-7; The Frogs of Aristophanes (trans.) (Beloit, 1902); The Ecclesiazusae and the Thes-mophoriazusae of Aristophanes (trans.) (Beloit, 1913); The Beloit Pageant from the Turtle to the Flaming Wheel (Beloit, 1916).

  • Notes:

    Wright was a distinguished and popular teacher of Greek literature and art at Beloit, where he founded and developed some of the earliest courses in translation. His specialty was the translation of Greek plays, which his classes collaborated on, and which were presented regularly in the Beloit theater. He translated, produced, and directed 18 of the 25 dramas performed at Beloit in a 35-year period, giving the town the distinction of having seen more Greek tragedy than any other in America. He also produced occasional verse, the most elaborate being "The Four Horizons," written for the jubilee of Beloit College in 1897, and The Beloit Pageant, performed by 2,000 singers on the 80th anniversary of the city. In 1930, Beloit College dedicated the Theodore Lyman Wright Art Hall.

  • Sources:

    Edward Dwight Eaton, DAB 20:567-8; WhAm 1:1386.

  • Author: Ward W. Briggs, Jr.