John Wright was an Ayrshire carpet-weaver. At the age of nineteen (on the advice of John Struthers and Dugald Moore) he traveled to Edinburgh to publish his autobiographical poem in Spenserians, "The Retrospect." With the assistance of John Wilson he was able to gather subscriptions, and the poem proved a critical success. Wright, who seems to have suffered from a mental disorder, later abandoned his family and drank himself to death.
The retrospect; or youthful scenes; with other poems and songs. 1830.
Whole poetical works. 1843.