POETIC COMMONPLACE BOOKS AND MANUSCRIPTS OF THOMAS GRAY, 1716-1771
from Pembroke College, Cambridge
This projects makes available:
- The three substantial volumes that make up Gray's autograph Commonplace Book, c1736-1761, together with a detailed, online listing of its contents.
- Letters to Horace Walpole and numerous individual manuscript poems.
- Annotated copies of books from Gray's own library, including MacPherson's Fragments of Ancient Poetry, Gesner's Historiae animalium, Pennant's British Zoology, Rovillius's Historia generalis plantarum, Ray's Selected Remains of the Learned John Ray, and Bergeron's Voyages to Asia.
Taken together, these sources allow for a thorough examination of Gray as a poet and scholar, and will be of great interest to all those interested in 18th century poetry, classical literature, and natural history.