Other literary forms
Upon his death in 1940, an obituary in Time magazine described John Wheelwright as “one of the most famous unheard-of poets in the U.S.” As well as being a poet, however, Wheelwright was a militant in the realm of socialist theory and practice who wrote numerous essays for periodicals such as the Partisan Review and The New Republic. He was also the author of speeches on contemporary political events and issues, which he delivered from soapboxes in public settings in and around Boston.
The themes Wheelwright explored in his prose writing included his views on poetry, architecture, and developments in socialist politics in the United States. The highly literate and cultured writer also saw the possibilities of radio as a powerful vehicle for poetry and made extensive use of the medium in broadcasts in the Boston area.