Thomas Wright (social commentator)

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Thomas Wright (12 April 1839 – 19 February 1909) was an English social commentator. [1]

He was the son of a blacksmith who became a tramping worker, before finding employment as a mutual labourer in an engineering firm. He studied on his own, and in 1872 became one of the first national school-board visitors. He wrote widely on the world of the working man into which he had been born. [2]

Wright's essays on social commentary were published in three volumes, Some Habits and Customs of the Working Classes (1867), The Great Unwashed (1868), and Our New Masters (1873). [1]


  1. 1 2 Alastair J. Reid, ‘Wright, Thomas (1839–1909)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, online edn, Oxford University Press, Oct 2006. Retrieved 18 April 2010.
  2. Judith Flanders, Amazon, The Victorian City: Everyday Life in Dickens' London, online edn, Atlantic Books (1 October 2012)

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