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
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' ).