Thomas Gray

1716 - 1771

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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. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Thomas Gray has received more than 637,272 page views. His biography is available in 31 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 30 in 2019). Thomas Gray is the 2,349th most popular writer (down from 2,186th in 2019), the 1,779th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 1,610th in 2019) and the 207th most popular British Writer.

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Among writers, Thomas Gray ranks 2,349 out of 5,794Before him are Rosario Castellanos, Michael Ondaatje, Andrei Sinyavsky, Michele Ruggieri, S. Ansky, and Józef Ignacy Kraszewski. After him are Paul Adam, George Meredith, Varro Atacinus, Jacques Futrelle, John Cheever, and Virginia Eliza Clemm Poe.

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Among people born in 1716, Thomas Gray ranks 8Before him are Yosa Buson, James Lind, Louise Diane d'Orléans, Princess Philippine Charlotte of Prussia, Étienne Maurice Falconet, and Antonio de Ulloa. After him are Yuan Mei, Pehr Kalm, Louis-Jean-Marie Daubenton, Jean-Jacques Barthélemy, Jean François de Saint-Lambert, and Otto von Münchhausen. Among people deceased in 1771, Thomas Gray ranks 12Before him are Henri Pitot, Louis-Michel van Loo, Alexei Razumovsky, John Bevis, Jean-Baptiste de Boyer, Marquis d'Argens, and Tobias Smollett. After him are František Brixi, Dmitry Laptev, Frederick William, Margrave of Brandenburg-Schwedt, Johann Gottlieb Graun, William Fermor, and Jan Klemens Branicki.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Thomas Gray ranks 1,779 out of 6,924Before him are John Wetton (1949), Charles Watson-Wentworth, 2nd Marquess of Rockingham (1730), Alan Stacey (1933), Henry Percy (1364), Gordon Milne (1937), and Tom Ellis (1978). After him are Nell Gwyn (1650), Michael Powell (1905), Miranda Richardson (1958), George Meredith (1828), Peter Capaldi (1958), and Augustus Pugin (1812).

Among WRITERS In United Kingdom

Among writers born in United Kingdom, Thomas Gray ranks 207Before him are David Gemmell (1948), Rebecca West (1892), Nevil Shute (1899), Samuel Smiles (1812), Tobias Smollett (1721), and Walter Bagehot (1826). After him are George Meredith (1828), David C. H. Austin (1926), Henry of Grosmont, 1st Duke of Lancaster (1310), John Cleland (1709), George MacDonald (1824), and John Mandeville (1300).