Last Name Gray
First Name Thomas
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Birth Date 1716
Death Date 1771
Gender m
Biographical Notes
Biographical Annotation Thomas Gray was a poet, literary critic, and historian whose education consisted of schooling at Eton and the so-called "Grand Tour" of continental Europe. Gray is best known for his "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard," a meditation on death and remembrance set amidst the picturesque English countryside and the antiquarian structures of the eponymous churchyard. In the 1760s, Gray became interested in natural history, and began to record his observations about English flora and fauna. It was in this period that the focus of his writings shifted from antiquarian subjects to natural scenery, a transition that is reflected in a series of letters detailing scenic tours in Derbyshire and the Lake District.
Nationality English
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Resident In the Lake District No
Resident In London Yes
Resident Outside UK No
Travel Outside UK Yes
Birthplace London
Deathplace Cambridge