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Wright, John Kirtland (1891–1969)

  • By: George F. McCleary
  • In: Encyclopedia of Geography
  • Edited by: Barney Warf
  • Subject:General Geography, Earth & Environmental Science

John Kirtland Wright, historian and geographer, spent most of his career as a professional geographer with the American Geographical Society. In his many roles at the society (including research associate, director, and, more important, editor of the society's journal, Geographical Review), he published more than 500 documents. Many of these were book reviews and “Notes” of one or two pages, a regular feature in the Geographical Review. These notes and reviews covered a diverse array of topics, including many aspects of physical, human, and regional geography, as well as geographical methods and techniques. No area in geography was omitted: Topics ranged from Ancien Régime, Antarctica, and Eratosthenes to linguistics, migration, the Pyrenees, and the Zuider Zee. It has been pointed out that his ideas and ...

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