Welcome to the Thomas Gray Archive!

The Thomas Gray Archive is a collaborative digital archive and research project devoted to the life and work of eighteenth-century poet, letter-writer, and scholar Thomas Gray (1716-1771), author of the acclaimed "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard" (1751).

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Gray was a versatile writer. His slim but wide-ranging corpus comprises lyric and dramatic poems, humorous and satirical pieces, imitations and translations, written in English, Latin, and Greek. Gray was also a polymath. His interests and areas of expertise included literature, philosophy, history, sciences, architecture, art, geography and travel. He went on the Grand Tour with Horace Walpole and later in life devoted himself to antiquarian studies, spent time studying at the newly opened British Museum, and travelling in the Lakes and Scotland. His biographer William Mason concluded "[p]erhaps he was the most learned man in Europe" (qt. Johnson, 'The Life of Gray' [22]).

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About the Archive

The Thomas Gray Archive was co-founded by Reimer Eck, formerly Associate Director at Göttingen State and University Library (SUB Göttingen), and Alexander Huber who continues as its editor. The Archive is supported by the Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford. With past support from SUB Göttingen. See About for further information.