Gray, Thomas ___ 1716-1771 ___ British ___ poet

BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY
Gray was born in London, and lived with his mother after she left his abusive father. He was educated at Eton College and Cambridge. Together with Horace Walpole he embarked on the Grand Tour, but the two fell out and Gray returned to Britain in 1741. He continued studying at Cambridge, where he remained for most of his life, studying Greek, and writing. In 1768, he was made professor of history and modern languages, although, apparently, he did very little teaching. His first important poems were written the year after his return from the Continent, but he didn't finish his celebrated 'Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard' until 1751. Having been reconciled with Walpole, the latter published Gray's 'The Progress of Poesy' and 'The Bard'. In 1757, Gray was offered, but refused, the post of Poet Laureate. Although never a committed diarist, there are fragments of diaries kept, mostly, when he was travelling.
A biography link
Wikipedia bio

DIARY DATES, CONTENT DESCRIPTORS
1739 1755 1765 1769 ___ travel archaeology nature France Italy

WEB TEXT LINKS
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ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT LINKS
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SOME PUBLISHED TITLES
Thomas Gray's journal of his visit to the Lake District in October 1769
 

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