Richard West

Standard Name: West, Richard


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Cultural formation Thomas Gray
Apart from his abusive father, another vital factor in TG 's life was his homosexuality, which has been freely discussed by scholars only fairly recently. This informed his early friendships with Richard West and Horace Walpole
Friends, Associates Thomas Gray
The death of an even closer friend, Richard West , in 1742 evoked a plangent sonnet from Gray and seems to have been the major impetus behind his period of greatest poetic creativity.


30 May 1747: Thomas Gray published Ode on a Distant Prospect...

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30 May 1747

Thomas Gray published Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College.

1775: The first, posthumous, printing of Thomas...

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The first, posthumous, printing of Thomas Gray 's sonnet on the death of Richard West caused a literary sensation; it laid the foundation for Charlotte Smith 's Elegiac Sonnets, 1784, and the revival of the sonnet form.


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