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Thomas Gray
Portrait by John Giles Eccardt, 1747–1748
Portrait by John Giles Eccardt, 1747–1748
Born (1716-12-26)26 December 1716
Cornhill, London, England
Died 30 July 1771(1771-07-30) (aged 54)
Cambridge, England
Occupation Poet, historian
Alma mater Peterhouse, Cambridge
Plaque marking Thomas Gray's birthplace at 39 Cornhill, London
Plaque marking Thomas Gray's birthplace at 39 Cornhill, London

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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