Thomas Gray

Died aged c. 55

Thomas Gray (26 December 1716 – 30 July 1771) was an English poet, letter-writer, classical scholar, and professor at Pembroke College, Cambridge. He is widely known for his Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard, published in 1751. Gray was a self-critical writer who published only 13 poems in his lifetime, despite being very popular. He was even offered the position of Poet Laureate in 1757, though he declined. His writing is conventionally considered to be pre-Romantic but recent critical developments deny such teleological classification.

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Thomas Gray poet was born in a house on this site "The curfew tolls the knell of parting day" 1716-1771

39 Cornhill, London, United Kingdom where they was born (1716)