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Thomas Gray

Author Code: ETGX

Born: Dec. 26, 1716 - Cornhill, London, England

Died: Jul. 30, 1771 - Pembroke, Cambridge, England

Educated at Eton College and Peterhouse, Cambridge, Gray began composing verse at a very young age. He left Cambridge without a degree in 1738. In 1739, he travelled with Horace Walpole, a life-long friend, on a continental tour of Europe. He returned to London in 1741 and wrote a number of poems over the following year, before returning to Cambridge in 1742 to study for a law degree. In 1743, he received a Bachelor of Civil Law degree, but his interests were still in the classics and poetry. Gray's first publication, Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton, appeared in 1747. The work for which Gray is best known, Elegy, Written in a Country Churchyard, was published in 1751. It was an enormous success and propelled Gray to the forefront of his contemporaries. Elegy would become the most celebrated and oft-quoted poem of the 18th century. In 1753, the first collection of Gray's poems, Designs by Mr. R. Bentley for Six Poems by Mr. T. Gray, was published and included superb illustrations by Richard Bentley. In 1757, he published Progress of Poesy to a mixed public reception. He spent 1759 to 1761 in London, mostly at the reading rooms of the newly established British Museum. He returned to Cambridge in late 1761 and began a series of tours of Great Britain, including his tour of the English lakes in 1769, the journal of which was published posthumously in 1775. In 1768, he became professor of history and modern languages at Cambridge. Gray's health began to deteriorate and after a severe attack of gout, he died at his rooms at Pembroke in 1771. Gray's other works include Poems (1768) and Ode for Music (1769).

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ETGX001 Elegy, Written in a Country Chruchyard & Other Verse
  The Bard
  The Curse Upon Edward
  On the Death of Richard West
  Elegy, Written in a Country Churchyard
  The Fatal Sisters: An Ode
  Hymn to Adversity
  Ode On A Distant Prospect Of Eton College
  Ode On The Death Of A Favourite Cat Drowned In A Tub Of Goldfishes
  Ode On The Pleasure Arising From Vicissitude
  Ode On The Spring
  The Progress Of Poesy
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