Austin Tappan Wright
Austin Tappan Wright was born on 20 August, 1883 in Hanover, New Hampshire. His mother was the novelist Mary Tappan Wright who wrote novels set in the fictional English university town of Great Dunwich. He was educated at Harvard and the Harvard Law School from where he graduated cum laude. He worked in the law firm of Louis Brandeis before teaching law at the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Pennsylvania. He was killed in a car accident in 1931. He had worked on the creation of an imaginary Pacific Island most of his life and, after his death, his wife and daughter organised the papers into a thousand page novel which they persuaded Farrar & Rinehart to publish in 1942.