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Gray agonistes : Thomas Gray and masculine friendship

Author: Robert F Gleckner
Publisher: Baltimore, Md. : Johns Hopkins University Press, 1997.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Gray Agonistes is the first book to examine in detail the intersection in Thomas Gray's life and poetry of Milton's career and achievement and Gray's intense sexual relationship with Richard West (and, to a lesser extent, with Horace Walpole and Thomas Ashton, all of whom banded together at Eton as the Quadruple Alliance). In all of Gray's poetry, Robert F. Gleckner discovers sites of intense and heroic struggle,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Gleckner, Robert F.
Gray agonistes.
Baltimore, Md. : Johns Hopkins University Press, 1997
(OCoLC)605660140
Named Person: Thomas Gray; Richard West; John Milton; Thomas Gray; Thomas Gray; John Milton; Richard West; Thomas Gray, Schriftsteller.
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert F Gleckner
ISBN: 0801854334 9780801854330
OCLC Number: 34546308
Description: x, 231 pages ; 24 cm
Responsibility: Robert F. Gleckner.
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Gray Agonistes is the first book to examine in detail the intersection in Thomas Gray's life and poetry of Milton's career and achievement and Gray's intense sexual relationship with Richard West (and, to a lesser extent, with Horace Walpole and Thomas Ashton, all of whom banded together at Eton as the Quadruple Alliance). In all of Gray's poetry, Robert F. Gleckner discovers sites of intense and heroic struggle, both with Milton's ghost and with Gray's need to articulate his passionate attachment to West. After West's early death in 1742, Gray's foreboding became anguish and he became the poet of Elegy in a Country Courtyard.

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"Gleckner's readings are never less than suggestive...He communicates throughout a wise enthusiasm and admiration, entirely free of the apologetic tone that has characterized so much criticism of Read more...

 
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