Ed.D. dissertation by Joyce Kinkead completed at East Texas State University. 1979. This clear and readable dissertation presents a detailed and thoughtful look at Wright's life, works, cultural/literary value, and reception. The dissertation covers a number of useful topics: Wright's life (Chapter I); his work as a minister and its relationship to his fiction (Chapter II); the focus in Wright's novels on the nature and attainment of virtuous character (Chapter III); Wright's use of the theme of East versus West to frame themes and conflicts (Chapter IV); Wright's response to three significant important social issues of his period (labor-management relations, the place of humanistic concerns in the deployment of technological advancements, and the relationship of the arts to the moral health of the culture, all in Chapter V); and an analysis of his influence and literary position (chapter VI).