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A Portrait of Richard Graves

Author: Clarence Tracy
Publisher: Toronto : University of Toronto Press, [2019] ©1987
Series: Heritage
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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It has been said that one of the finest achievements of the Church of England was the maintenance of one well-educated man in every English community. Such a man was Richard Graves. He is best remembered as the author of The Spiritual Quixote, and engaging comic novel written in the mid-eighteenth century. But this life was essentially that of a rural parson. In exploring that life, Clarence Tracy allows us a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Biographies
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
(CaOONL) 860942708
(DLC) 87201255
Material Type: Document, Government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Clarence Tracy
ISBN: 9781487574949 1487574940
OCLC Number: 1129180176
Language Note: In English.
Description: 1 online resource (240 pages)
Contents: Frontmatter --
Contents --
Illustrations --
Preface --
Acknowledgments --
Chronology --
CHAPTER ONE. Family --
CHAPTER TWO. Childhood --
CHAPTER THREE. Pembroke --
CHAPTER FOUR. All Souls --
CHAPTER FIVE. The Gentleman and the Christian --
CHAPTER SIX. Tissington --
CHAPTER SEVEN. Utrecia --
CHAPTER EIGHT. Lucy --
CHAPTER NINE. The Clerical Calling --
CHAPTER TEN. Home --
CHAPTER ELEVEN. School --
CHAPTER TWELVE. Friends, Old and New --
CHAPTER THIRTEEN. Trifling --
CHAPTER FOURTEEN. The Novels --
CHAPTER FIFTEEN. The Sprightly Mr Graves --
Abbreviations Appendixes Notes --
Abbreviations --
APPENDIX A. Richard Graves's Publications --
APPENDIX B.A Note on Sources --
Notes --
Index
Series Title: Heritage
Responsibility: Clarence Tracy.
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It has been said that one of the finest achievements of the Church of England was the maintenance of one well-educated man in every English community. Such a man was Richard Graves. He is best remembered as the author of The Spiritual Quixote, and engaging comic novel written in the mid-eighteenth century. But this life was essentially that of a rural parson. In exploring that life, Clarence Tracy allows us a detailed view of rural English society of the period as well as an appreciation of Graves's writing. As the second son of a family of landed gentry, Graves was raised with a well-defined sense of his position in society but no income with which to sustain it. He found his place as a fellow at All Souls College, Oxford, from which vantage point his future looked bright. But he fell in love with a young woman, Lucy Bartholomew, and secretly married for a few weeks before she before their first child. Marriage was forbidden to fellows of All Souls, and when Graves's was discovered he lost his position. Eventually he found a living as rector of Claverton, near Bath, where he settled with Lucy and their five children. Happy in his marriage and generally content with his work, Graves stayed in Claverton for fifty years. Those who have read The Spiritual Quixote will recognize many familiar elements in Graves's story. Tracy illustrates the close parallels between the novel and life, and discusses other aspects of Graves's writing as well. Those who have not read his works will be tempted to do so after reading this biography and will certainly have a heightened understanding of rural life in eighteenth-century England.

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