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The Archive's digital library holds digital versions of important primary literature, currently comprising printed works and audio-visual media, but will ultimately include Gray's manuscripts.

Quick Links to Key Editions

  • 1751: An Elegy wrote in a Country Church Yard. London: R. Dodsley, 1751.
        [11p., page images; see Northup 492.]
  • 1753: Designs by Mr. R. Bentley, for six poems by Mr. T. Gray. London: R. Dodsley, 1753.
  • 1757: Odes by Mr. Gray. London: R. and J. Dodsley, 1757.
        [19p., page images; see Northup 180.]
  • 1768: Poems by Mr. Gray. A new edition. London: J. Dodsley, 1768 [1st ed. 1768].
        [126p., page images; see Northup 53.]
  • 1769: Ode performed in the Senate-house at Cambridge... Cambridge: J. Archdeacon, 1769.
        [8p., page images; see Northup 1401.]
  • 1775: 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.]

Published works

Poems

  • Editions of Gray's poems
    • 1747: An Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College. London: R. Dodsley, 1747.
          [8p., e-text; see Northup 1326.]
    • 1751: An Elegy wrote in a Country Church Yard. London: R. Dodsley, 1751.
          [11p., page images; see Northup 492.]
    • 1753: Designs by Mr. R. Bentley, for six poems by Mr. T. Gray. London: R. Dodsley, 1753.
    • 1757: Odes by Mr. Gray. London: R. and J. Dodsley, 1757.
          [19p., page images; see Northup 180.]
    • 1762: An ELEGY written in a Country Church Yard. With an HYMN to Adversity. By Mr. Gray. London: J. James, 1762.
          [8p., page images; see Northup 183.]
    • 1765: A Collection of Poems in six volumes. By several hands. London: J. Dodsley, 1765 [1st ed. 1758].
          [47p., page images; see Northup 186.]
    • 1768: Poems by Mr. Gray. A new edition. London: J. Dodsley, 1768 [1st ed. 1768].
          [126p., page images; see Northup 53.]
    • 1768: Poems by Mr. Gray. Glasgow: R. and A. Foulis, 1768.
          [68p., page images; see Northup 56.]
    • 1768: Poems by Mr. Gray. Dublin: William Sleater, 1768.
          [199p., page images/PDF; see Northup 54.]
    • 1768: Poems by Mr. T. Gray. Cork: William Flyn, M.DCC.LXVIII.
          [90p., page images/PDF; see Northup 55.]
    • 1769: Ode performed in the Senate-house at Cambridge... Cambridge: J. Archdeacon, 1769.
          [8p., page images; see Northup 1401.]
    • 1771: Poems by Mr. Gray. A new edition. London: B. Long and T. Pridden, 1771.
          [106p., page images/PDF; not in Northup or Starr.]
    • 1771: Poems by Thomas Gray. Dublin: Thomas Ewing, M.DCC.LXXI.
          [74p., page images/PDF; see Northup 58.]
    • 1773: Poems by Mr. Gray. Glasgow: Printed by Robert and Andrew Foulis Printers to the University M.DCC.LXXIII.
          [61p., page images/PDF; see Northup 60.]
    • 1773: Poems by Mr. Gray. Edinburgh: Printed for J. Balfour and W. Creech. M,DCC,LXXIII.
          [65p., page images/PDF; see Northup 59.]
    • 1774?: The Candidate: By Mr. Gray. [Strawberry Hill: Strawberry Hill Press, 1774.]
          [2p., page images.]
    • 1775: 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.
          [112p., page images; see Northup 13.]
    • 1775: Poems by Mr. Gray. A new edition. Edinburgh: A. Donaldson, 1775.
          [156p., page images/PDF; not in Northup or Starr.]
    • 1775: Poems by Mr. Gray. Dublin: W. Sleater, 1775 [1st ed. 1768].
          [248p., page images/PDF; see Northup 62.]
    • 1776: Poems by Mr. Gray. A new edition. London: J. Murray, 1776.
          [150p., page images/PDF; see Northup 63. See also John Murray's Letter to W. Mason, A.M. (1777)]
    • 1782: The Poetical Works of Thomas Gray [and Richard West]. Edinburg: Apollo Press, 1782.
          [110p., page images/PDF; see Northup 69a.]
    • 1787?: The Grave, by Robert Blair; to which is added Gray's Elegy. London: Scatcherd & Whitaker, [1787].
          [54p., page images; see Northup 533.]
    • 1798: The Poetical Works of Thomas Gray. London: Ann Lemoine, 1798.
          [70p., page images/PDF; not in Northup, Starr, or ESTC.]
    • 1799: The Poetical Works of Thomas Gray. London: C. Cooke, [1799].
          [79p., page images/PDF; see Northup 92?]
    • 1799: The Poetical Works of Thomas Gray, LL.B. London: [C. Whittingham] For J. Scatcherd, 1799.
          [247p., page images/PDF; see Northup 84]
    • 1800: The Poetical Works of Thomas Gray, LL.B. Second edition. London: C. Whittingham, 1800 [1st ed. 1799].
          [287p., page images/PDF; see Northup 85]
    • 1800: The Poems of Gray. A new edition. Adorned with plates. London: F. J. Du Roveray, 1800.
          [200p., page images/PDF; see Northup 86]
    • 1805: The Poetical Works of Thomas Gray. London: W. Suttaby & C. Corral, 1805.
          [101p., page images/PDF; see Northup 92?.]
    • 1807: The Works of Thomas Gray... To which are added, Memoirs of His Life and Writings, by W. Mason, M.A., vol. I. The third edition, carefully corrected. London: Vernor, Hood, and Sharpe; J. Walker; Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme; J. Murray; and J. Booker, 1807.
          [124p., page images/PDF; see Northup 17.]
    • 1814: The Poetical Works of Thomas Gray. London: J. Walker et al., 1814.
          [65p., page images/PDF; not in Northup or Starr.]
    • 1814: The Works of Thomas Gray ... to which are subjoined Extracts philological poetical and critical from the author's original manuscripts. Vol. I. Selected and arranged by Thomas James Mathias. London: William Bulmer, 1814.
          [654p., page images/PDF; see Northup 18.]
    • 1816: The Works of Thomas Gray. Vol. I. containing The Poems, with critical notes; A Life of the Author; and an Essay on his Poetry; By the Rev. John Mitford. London: J. Mawman, 1816.
          [433p., page images/PDF; see Northup 19.]
    • 1826: The Poetical Works of Thomas Gray. London: John Sharpe, 1826.
          [172p., page images/PDF; see Northup 110.]
    • 1835-43: The Works of Thomas Gray. Volume I. Ed. by the Rev. John Mitford. London: William Pickering, 1836.
          [363p., page images/PDF; see Northup 30.]
    • 1879: Poems and Letters by Thomas Gray. London: Chiswick Press, 1879.
          [437p., page images/PDF; see Northup 37c.]
    • 1891: The Poetical Works of Thomas Gray: English and Latin. Edited with an Introduction, Life, Notes, and a Bibliography by John Bradshaw. London: George Bell & Sons, 1891.
          [388p., e-text; see Northup 170.]
  • Translations of Gray's poems
    • English
      • 1775: The Latin Odes of Mr. Gray, in English verse, with An Ode on the Death of a favorite Spaniel [by E. B. G.]. London: J. Ridley, 1775.
            [15p., page images; see Northup 338.]
    • French
      • 1788: Élégie composée dans un cimetière de campagne, traduite en françois, vers pour vers, de l'anglois de Gray, par P. G. D. B. ... On y a joint une traduction de la même piéce, en vers latins, par un membre de l'Université de Cambridge. Croydon: imprimié aux dépens du traducteur françois et se vend chez T. Hookham; P. Elmsly; C. Dilly; J. de Boffe; J. Hall; R. Hawes, Croydon; et chez le traducteur ou meme lieu, 1788.
            [25p., page images; see Northup 742.]
    • Greek
      • 1793: Elegeia Thomæ Gray, græcè reddita. [trans. John Norbury.] Etonæ: excudit T. Pote... 1793.
            [14p., page images/PDF; see Northup 785.]
      • 1794: Elegeia Thomæ Gray græce reddita. Curavit B. E. Sparke, A.M. Londini: excudebat J. Nichols. 1794.
            [24p., page images/PDF; see Northup 548.]
      • 1794: Της ελεγειας, ην Θωμας Γραιος ... εν κοιμητηριω αγροικω εζεχυσε μεταφρασις ελληνικη [trans. Charles Coote]. Londini: typis Josephi Cooper impressus est hic libellus; ... 1794.
            [24p., page images/PDF; see Northup 547.]
      • 1795: Elegia Grayiana Græce, accedit etiam Epitaphium in Ecclesia Episcopali Bristoliensi et Græce redditum, interprete Edvardo Tew, A. M. Coll. Etonens. Londini: e typographeo J. Nichols; veneunt apud R. Faulder. 1795.
            [34p., page images; see Northup 551.]
    • Italian
      • 1772: Elegia Inglese, del signor Tommaso Gray, sopra un cimitero di campagna, trasportata in verso italiano dall' [Abate Melchior Cesarotti]. Padua: Giuseppe Comino, 1772.
            [23p., page images; see Northup 796.]
      • 1775: Elegia scritta in Cimiterio di Campagna. [By Abbate Crocchi of Sienna.] Poems by Mr. Gray. Dublin: W. Sleater, 1775, 153-166.
            [See Northup 62.]
      • 1775: Elegia inglese del signor Tommaso Gray, sopra un cimitero di campagna trasportata in versi latini, e volgari. [By G. Costa and G. Gennari, respectively, 1772.] Poems by Mr. Gray. Dublin: W. Sleater, 1775, 189-211.
            [See Northup 62.]
      • 1776: Elegia di Tommaso Gray, poeta inglese, per esso scritta in un cimitero campestre, tradotta in versi italiani [da Giuseppe Torelli]. Verona: Gli Eredi di Agostino Carattoni, 1776.
            [22p., page images; see Northup 799.]
    • Latin
      • 1775: Carmen Elegiacum. In coemeterio rustico compositum. [By Robert Lloyd, 1762.] Poems by Mr. Gray. Dublin: W. Sleater, 1775, 115-125.
            [See Northup 62.]
      • 1775: Elegia, scripta in Coemeterio Rustico. Latine reddita. [By Christopher Anstey and William Hayward Roberts, 1762.] Poems by Mr. Gray. Dublin: W. Sleater, 1775, 126-151.
            [See Northup 62.]
      • 1775: Elegia inglese del signor Tommaso Gray, sopra un cimitero di campagna trasportata in versi latini, e volgari. [By G. Costa and G. Gennari, respectively, 1772.] Poems by Mr. Gray. Dublin: W. Sleater, 1775, 189-211.
            [See Northup 62.]
      • 1788: Élégie composée dans un cimetière de campagne, traduite en françois, vers pour vers, de l'anglois de Gray, par P. G. D. B. ... On y a joint une traduction de la même piéce, en vers latins, par un membre de l'Université de Cambridge. Croydon: imprimié aux dépens du traducteur françois et se vend chez T. Hookham; P. Elmsly; C. Dilly; J. de Boffe; J. Hall; R. Hawes, Croydon; et chez le traducteur ou meme lieu, 1788.
            [25p., page images; see Northup 742.]
  • Imitations/Parodies/Complimentary verses
    • 1775: Ode on Ranelagh. Addressed to the Ladies. Being a Parody on Mr. Gray's celebrated Ode on a distant Prospect of Eton College. [By Henry James Pye, 1763.] Poems by Mr. Gray. Dublin: W. Sleater, 1775, 177-186.
          [See Northup 62.]
    • 1775: The Bard: a Burlesque Ode. Written by R. Lloyd and G. Colman. [1760.] Poems by Mr. Gray. Dublin: W. Sleater, 1775, 199-211.
          [See Northup 62.]
    • 1775: An Evening Contemplation in A College. Being A Parody on the Elegy in a Country Church-Yard. [By John Duncombe, 1753.] Poems by Mr. Gray. Dublin: W. Sleater, 1775, 187-197.
          [See Northup 62.
    • 1776: A Parody on Gray's Elegy. By An Oxonian. [An Evening Contemplation in a College. By John Duncombe.] London: J. Wheble, 1776.
          [11p., page images; see Northup 898.]
    • 1797?: To Mr. GRAY, on his ODES. By David Garrick. [Twickenham: printed at the Strawberry Hill Press by Thomas Kirgate, 1797? (1st ed. 1757)].
          [2p., e-text]

Prose Works

  • 1787: A Supplement to the Tour Through Great-Britain, containing a Catalogue of the antiquities, houses, parks, plantations, scenes, and situations, in England and Wales... By The Late Mr. Gray... To which are now added, by another Hand, Several Additions... London: G. Kearsley, 1787.
        [128p., page images; see Northup 465.]
  • 1814: The Works of Thomas Gray ... to which are subjoined Extracts philological poetical and critical from the author's original manuscripts. Vol. II. Selected and arranged by Thomas James Mathias. London: William Bulmer, 1814.
        [654p., page images/PDF; see Northup 18]
  • 1835-43: The Works of Thomas Gray. Volume IV. "Criticisms on Architecture and Painting during a Tour in Italy". Ed. by the Rev. John Mitford. London: William Pickering, 1836.
        [81p., page images/PDF; see Northup 30]
  • 1911: Essays and Criticisms by Thomas Gray. Edited with Introduction and Notes by Clark Sutherland Northup. Boston and London: D. C. Heath & Co., 1911.
        [436p., e-text; see Northup 336.]
  • 2011: Notes on a Tour through France and Italy undertaken in the Years 1739 to 1741 by Thomas Gray. Transcribed and edited by W.G. Roberts. Penrith: Northern Academic Press, 2011 [1st ed. Carlisle: The Colophon Press, 2003].
        [185p., e-text/PDF]

Letters

  • 1775: 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.
        [416p., page images; see Northup 13.]
  • 1807: The Works of Thomas Gray... To which are added, Memoirs of His Life and Writings, by W. Mason, M.A., vols. I./II. The third edition, carefully corrected. London: Vernor, Hood, and Sharpe; J. Walker; Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme; J. Murray; and J. Booker, 1807.
        [192p./340p., page images/PDF; see Northup 17.]
  • 1814: The Works of Thomas Gray ... to which are subjoined Extracts philological poetical and critical from the author's original manuscripts. Vol. I. Selected and arranged by Thomas James Mathias. London: William Bulmer, 1814.
        [654p., page images/PDF; see Northup 18]
  • 1816: The Works of Thomas Gray. Vol. II. containing The Letters; with important additions and corrections from His Own Manuscripts. Selected and edited by the Rev. John Mitford. London: J. Mawman, 1816.
        [609p., page images/PDF; see Northup 19]
  • 1819: The Letters of Thomas Gray, chronologically arranged from the Walpole and Mason Collections. 2 vols. in one. London: J. Sharpe, 1819.
        [378p., page images/PDF; see Northup 1224]
  • 1835-43: The Works of Thomas Gray. Volumes II-V. Ed. by the Rev. John Mitford. London: William Pickering, 1835-43.
        [1296p., page images/PDF; see Northup 30, 31]
  • 1853: The Correspondence of Thomas Gray and William Mason, with notes and illustrations by the Rev. John Mitford. London: Richard Bentley, 1853.
        [530p., page images/PDF; see Northup 1236.]
  • 1890: Gray and his Friends: Letters and Relics, in great part hitherto unpublished, edited by Duncan C. Tovey. Cambridge: University Press, 1890.
        [329p., page images/PDF; see Northup 45.]
  • 1900-1912: The Letters of Thomas Gray, including the correspondence of Gray and Mason, edited by Duncan C. Tovey, editor of "Gray and His Friends," etc. London: George Bell and Sons, 1900-1912.
        [1290p., page images/PDF; see Northup 1226.]
  • 1915: The Correspondence of Gray, Walpole, West and Ashton (1734-1771), in two volumes, chronologically arranged and edited with introduction, notes, and index by Paget Toynbee. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1915.
        [875p., page images/PDF; see Northup 1248.]

Audio-visual media

Audio

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"Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard" [e-text]

  • Unabridged version read by Michael Burrell (run time: 9 min 35 sec):
  • Abridged version read by Sir Michael Redgrave (ll. 1-20, 29-36, 41-48, 57-76, 93-104, 109-116; run time: 4 min 43 sec):

"Ode on the Death of a Favourite Cat, Drowned in a Tub of Gold Fishes" [e-text]

  • Unabridged version read by Michael Burrell (run time: 2 min 20 sec):

"Sonnet [on the Death of Mr Richard West]" [e-text]

  • Unabridged version read by Michael Burrell (run time: 1 min 24 sec):