Thomas Gray: A Life

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Yale University Press, 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 718 pages
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This major biography of Thomas Gray (1716-1771), the first in nearly half a century, expands our knowledge of the life of the English poet and our understanding of his personality and influential body of works. Robert L. Mack incorporates recent - and often radically revisionary - scholarship on Gray, drawing on developments in eighteenth-century studies and gender studies as well as on extensive original archival research into the life of the poet and his family.
 

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While Thomas Gray neither invented the elegy nor reworked the form, his "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard" proved one of the most popular poems of the 18th century and has been profoundly ... Read full review

Contents

Stoke Poges Buckinghamshire
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Grays rooms at Pembroke College
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Pencil Sketch of Thomas Gray by Francis Mapletoft
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Silhouette of Thomas Gray by Francis Mapletoft
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Silhouette of Thomas Gray seated by Mrs Wray
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Silhouette of William Mason copying the Venus de Medici
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Thomas Gray by Benjamin Wilson
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John Montagu 4th Earl of Sandwich by Thomas Beach
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Frontispiece to Masons edition of Grays Works
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Stoke Poges Church by Hendrik de Cont
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Eton 17251734
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Cambridge 17341738
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The Grand Tour 17391741 2 2 0
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London Stoke and the Death
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Return to Cambridge
330
The Royal Exchange Cornhill
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Henry Lord Holland by William Hogarth
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The Senate House Cambridge
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Charles Victor de Bonstetten as Hamlet
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Grays outline sketch for a History of English Poetry
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Grays travel notes on Amiens and Paris from Unpublished
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Falconet
350
Richard Bentley Tailpiece Eton Ode Designs
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Robert L. Mack is Lecturer in English at the University of Exeter.

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