Thomas Gray Biography

This Biography consists of approximately 2 pages of information about the life of Thomas Gray.
This section contains 568 words
(approx. 2 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy the Thomas Gray Biography

Encyclopedia of World Biography on Thomas Gray

The English poet Thomas Gray (1716-1771) expressed deep and universal human feelings in forms derived from Greek and Roman literature. Although his output was small, he introduced new subject matter for poetry.

Thomas Gray was born on Dec. 26, 1716, of middle-class parents. He was the only one of 12 children to survive infancy. In 1727 Thomas became a pupil at Eton, where he met several bookish friends, who included Richard West (his death, in 1742, was to reinforce the melancholy that Gray often felt and expressed in his poems) and Horace Walpole, son of England's first modern-style prime minister and later an important man of letters.

Gray attended Cambridge University from 1734 to 1738 and after leaving the university without a degree undertook the grand tour of Europe with Walpole from 1739 to 1741. During this tour the two friends quarreled, but the quarrel was made up in 1745, and Walpole was to be a significant influence...

(read more)

This section contains 568 words
(approx. 2 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy the Thomas Gray Biography
Copyrights
Encyclopedia of World Biography
Thomas Gray from Encyclopedia of World Biography. ©2005-2006 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. All rights reserved.
Follow Us on Facebook