The Texts section holds primary sources relevant to the study of the life and works of Thomas Gray. It provides electronic editions of Gray's complete poetry, including extensive collaborative commentary. It also contains selected prose works as well as a browsable calendar to the known correspondence of Gray. This section also provides access to digital images of important 18th-century editions, in the digital library. The principal goal of the Texts section is to offer free access to a growing number of significant electronic primary sources for use by students, scholars, and teachers, and to stimulate discussion by providing an opportunity to add notes and queries to any part of any of the texts available in the Archive.
The Texts section comprises the following categories:
- Poems: annotated electronic editions of
Gray's complete poems. Popular poems include:
- "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard"
- "Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College"
- "Ode on the Death of a Favourite Cat, Drowned in a Tub of Gold Fishes"
- "The Bard. A Pindaric Ode"
- "The Progress of Poesy. A Pindaric Ode"
- "The Descent of Odin. An Ode"
- "The Fatal Sisters. An Ode"
- "Ode on the Spring"
- "Ode to Adversity"
- Prose Works: a selection of Gray's essays and criticisms on various topics
- Letters: Gray's complete correspondence
- Digital Library: digitized facsimile editions
of Gray's works. Key editions include:
An Elegy wrote in a Country Church Yard. London: R. Dodsley,
[11p., page images; see Northup 492.]
- 1753: Designs by Mr. R. Bentley, for six poems by Mr. T. Gray. London: R. Dodsley, 1753.
Odes by Mr. Gray. London: R. and J. Dodsley, 1757.
[19p., page images; see Northup 180.]
Poems by Mr. Gray. A new edition. London: J. Dodsley, 1768 [1st
[126p., page images; see Northup 53.]
Ode performed in the Senate-house at Cambridge...
Cambridge: J. Archdeacon, 1769.
[8p., page images; see Northup 1401.]
The Poems of Mr. Gray. To which are prefixed Memoirs of his Life and
Writings by W. Mason. York[; London]: J. Todd; J. Dodsley, 1775.
[536p., page images; see Northup 13.]
- 1751: An Elegy wrote in a Country Church Yard. London: R. Dodsley, 1751.