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Franz Wright, celebrated and tormented poet and poet's son, dies at 62
Franz Wright, celebrated and tormented poet and poet's son, dies at 62

Franz Wright was 15 and living in California when he sent some of his first poems to a tough critic — his father. "I'll be damned," the acclaimed poet James Wright wrote back. "You're a poet. Welcome to hell." The elder Wright's words were knowing — and prophetic. His son would share his afflictions — decades darkened by mental illness and addiction — as well as a gift for transforming personal pain into Pulitzer Prize-winning work. Franz Wright, who wrote with raw lyricism about inner demons, death, God and redemption, died of lung cancer Thursday at his home in Waltham, Mass., according to his publisher, Knopf. He was 62. ...

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