Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard

Thomas Gray

Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard

Thomas Gray

Distributed for the Bodleian Library, University of Oxford

Illustrated by Agnes Miller Parker
With an Introduction by Carol Rumens

88 pages | 33 halftones | 6 x 8 1/4
Cloth $25.00 ISBN: 9781851245772 Will Publish November 2021 For sale in North America only
Commemorating the 250th anniversary of the poet’s death, this volume will introduce new readers to Thomas Gray’s Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard.
 
“The Curfew tolls the knell of parting day...”

Thomas Gray’s Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard has been loved and admired throughout the centuries. First circulated to a select group of friends, it was rushed to official publication in 1751 to avoid pirated copies being sold without the young poet’s permission. Praised by Samuel Johnson, reprinted repeatedly in Gray’s lifetime, and recited by generations of schoolchildren, it is one of the most famous poems in the English language.

This new edition reproduces Agnes Miller Parker’s exquisite wood engravings inspired by the poem, which were completed in 1938. All thirty-two stanzas of the poem are accompanied by detailed full-page illustrations. Commemorating the 250th anniversary of the poet’s death, this edition will not only bring new readers to the Elegy but will also appeal to those already familiar with its riches.
 
Contents
Contents

Loss Transformed - Carol Rumens
Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard
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