Elizabeth Mary Wright

Née Lea




DING 2013: “Born in Hereforshire. She was Joseph Wright’s wife and co-author in several of his primers and grammars. She also helped him with the editing of The English Dialect Dictionary. She was awarded an Honorary DLitt degree by the University of Leeds in 1934. She wrote a two volume biography of her husband, The Life of Joseph Wright (1932).”


Rustic Speech and Folklore. 1913. London: Oxford University Press. SC.

Kingkong Project

Elizabeth Mary WRIGHT (F: 1863 - ?)

*Rustic Speech And Folk-lore [n|1913]

An Elementary Middle English Grammar (w Joseph WRIGHT) [n|1923]

For further information about her life and works, see:

Dickins, Bruce. 1934. “Elizabeth Mary Wright: A Bibliography”. Leeds Studies in English 3: 1




J. S. Ryan. 2009. “An important influence: His Professor’s Wife, Mrs Elizabeth Mary (Lea) Wright”. Tolkien’s View: Windows into his World. Cormarë Series 19. Zollikofen, Swiss: Walking Tree Publishers: 27-32.

Gunner, Gilbert E. 1985. “Joseph and Elizabeth Mary Wright: A Memory and a Tribute”. Transactions of the Yorkshire Dialect Society. 15.85: 14-16.


Wright, E. M. 1955. “Recorded message 29 October 1955”. Transactions of the Yorkshire Dialect Society 9.55: 10.


Elizabeth Mary Wright


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