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Poekrich, Richard

First Name: 
Richard
Last Name: 
Poekrich
Sex: 
Male
Birth: 
1697
Death: 
1759
Nationality: 
Irish
Religion: 
NULL
Education: 
NULL
Politics: 
NULL
Milieux: 
NULL
Patrons: 
NULL
Coteries: 
NULL
Periodicals & Misc Contributed To: 
NULL
Summing Up: 

NULL

Pitt, Christopher

First Name: 
Christopher
Last Name: 
Pitt
Sex: 
Male
Birth: 
1699
Death: 
1748
Nationality: 
English
Religion: 
Anglican
Education: 
Westminster College (admitted 1713); Wadham College, Oxford (matriculated 1718); New College, Oxford (elected scholar, 1719); New College, elected fellow 1721; BA 1722; MA 1724
Politics: 
NULL
Milieux: 
university wit and Latinity (esp. translation); clerical religious writing (though Pitt's translations and poetry are overwhelmingly secular/classical in orientation)
Patrons: 
George Pitt
Coteries: 
Alexander Pope; Joseph Spence; Edward Young; William Broome; William Benson; William Duncombe
Periodicals & Misc Contributed To: 
NULL
Summing Up: 

NULL

Green, Matthew

First Name: 
Matthew
Last Name: 
Green
Sex: 
Male
Birth: 
1696
Death: 
1737
Nationality: 
English
Religion: 
Dissenter [later eschewed]
Education: 
NULL
Politics: 
NULL
Milieux: 
NULL
Patrons: 
NULL
Coteries: 
NULL
Periodicals & Misc Contributed To: 
A Collection of Poems, ed. Robert Dodsley, (1748–58)
Summing Up: 

Green was a minor poet who wrote some light, informal verse. SJ denounced his work "The spleen" as "not poetry." Little else is known about his life.

Gray, Thomas

First Name: 
Thomas
Last Name: 
Gray
Sex: 
Male
Birth: 
1716
Death: 
1771
Nationality: 
English
Religion: 
NULL
Education: 
Eton College 1725; Peterhouse, Cambridge 1734-8, no BA; awarded the Cosin scholarship, which required him '...to make 6 [Latin] verses upon the Epistle or Gospel every Sunday morning'; admitted to the Inner Temple 1735 (never became barrister); fellow-commoner at Peterhouse to pursue civil law; bachelor of laws 1743; fellow-commoner at Pembroke College 1756
Politics: 
NULL
Milieux: 
University wit and Latinity
Patrons: 
NULL
Coteries: 
Horace Walpole (helped arrange for the publication of Gray's poems); Thomas Ashton; Richard West; John Chute; Francis Whithed; William Mason
Periodicals & Misc Contributed To: 
contributed a poem in Latin to a collection by members of the university congratulating the prince of Wales on his marriage 1736; invited to compose the ‘Tripos-verses’ for public circulation in March 1737 (‘Luna habitabilis’); Collection of Poems, ed. Robert Dodsley, (‘Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College’, ‘Ode on the Spring’, ‘Ode on the Death of a Favourite Cat’), anonymous, 1748
Summing Up: 

While a student, Gray gained a considerable reputation for his skill in Latin verse, publishing some in the '30s. He pursued careers as a barrister and later in civil law, but ultimately devoted himself entirely to scholarly pursuits once he no longer had to worry about earning an income. As a fellow-commoner at Cambridge, he could "live as a gentleman on a limited income, and indulge his passion for learning" (DNB). He was reluctant to publish his works.

Granville, George

First Name: 
George
Last Name: 
Granville
Sex: 
Male
Birth: 
1666
Death: 
1735
Nationality: 
English
Religion: 
NULL
Education: 
tutored by William Ellis; Trinity College, Cambridge 1677; academies in Paris 1682-1687
Politics: 
Jacobite; Tory
Milieux: 
Playwriting; Tory/Jacobite satire and political commentary [not satire so much as commentary]
Patrons: 
NULL
Coteries: 
Pope -- Granville encouraged Pope, received praise in return
Periodicals & Misc Contributed To: 
NULL
Summing Up: 

Granville's literary output was reserved for his earlier years: throughout the late 1680s and the 1690s he wrote non-dramatic, complimentary verse modelled on that of Edmund Waller in addition to numerous plays. The 1700s saw multiple collections of his poems and plays, but he seemed to focus mostly on his career as a prominent tory/Jacobite politician and statesman under Queen Anne, spending lavishly on elections. With the accession of George I, he lost all of his offices and was charged with high treason from 1715-1717, but never brought to trial.

Gostling, William

First Name: 
William
Last Name: 
Gostling
Sex: 
Male
Birth: 
1686
Death: 
1777
Nationality: 
English
Religion: 
NULL
Education: 
king's scholar at the King's School, Canterbury 1706–11; St John's College, Cambridge, matriculated 1712; BA 1716; MA 1719
Politics: 
NULL
Milieux: 
NULL
Patrons: 
NULL
Coteries: 
NULL
Periodicals & Misc Contributed To: 
Philosophical Transactions (1743 and 1744); Gentleman's Magazine (1756 and 1776); verses in Select Collection of Poems, ed. John Nichols (1781–2)
Summing Up: 

Gostling was a clergyman, antiquary, and topographer. He wrote verse, (though none published until after his death), most notably a versified version of Ebenezer Forrest's account of a trip made by Hogarth and some friends over five days into Kent in May 1732. This was printed in a limited edition of twenty copies in 1781 by John Nichols. His verses were also included in Nichols' 1781 Collection. Gostling is best remembered, however, for his prose work on Canterbury.

Goddard [née Egan], Mary

First Name: 
Mary
Last Name: 
Goddard [née Egan]
Sex: 
Female
Birth: 
1717
Death: 
1752
Nationality: 
Irish
Religion: 
NULL
Education: 
included some French and Latin
Politics: 
NULL
Milieux: 
Working-class poetry
Patrons: 
NULL
Coteries: 
Edmund Burke; Richard Shackleton; Beaumont Brenan; William Dennis
Periodicals & Misc Contributed To: 
Dublin Journal (anonymous epigram in praise of the former viceroy Lord Chesterfield), 1746
Summing Up: 

Goddard provides yet another instance of a writer explicitly admitting to write for financial gain, in this case to provide for her children, as she states in her Preface. She emphasizes her role as mother over than of an author. The volume had a large, middle-class subscription list. Burke, Shackleton, Brenan, and Dennis all contributed verses to her Poems volume.

Glover, Richard

First Name: 
Richard
Last Name: 
Glover
Sex: 
Male
Birth: 
1712
Death: 
1785
Nationality: 
English
Religion: 
NULL
Education: 
Cheam School under Mr. Sanxay
Politics: 
Whig ['patriot' whig]
Milieux: 
Whig panegyric; Playwriting; Working-class poetry
Patrons: 
Frederick, prince of Wales, allegedly provided financial rewards
Coteries: 
NULL
Periodicals & Misc Contributed To: 
NULL
Summing Up: 

Throughout his life, Glover was actively involved in political affairs, often acting as a spokesman for merchants and furthering the 'patriot' whig agenda. His literary works -- poems and plays -- often spoke to such content. His poem Leonidas received much acclaim from those of like-minded politics, including from Swift and Lyttleton. He also wrote political memoirs. Apparently, he made a lot of money out of the subscription to the government loan of 1763.

Glaville, John

First Name: 
John
Last Name: 
Glaville
Sex: 
Male
Birth: 
1664
Death: 
1735
Nationality: 
English
Religion: 
NULL
Education: 
Marlborough College; commoner of Trinity College, Oxford 1678; scholar in 1680; BA 1682; MA 1685; allegedly expelled from Trinity; Lincoln's Inn
Politics: 
NULL
Milieux: 
Whig panegyric
Patrons: 
NULL
Coteries: 
NULL
Periodicals & Misc Contributed To: 
Miscellany Poems and Translations by Oxford Hands (translated parts of Seneca's Agamemnon), 1685
Summing Up: 

Glanvill was a translator and poet. Most of his original work consists of panegyrics to royalty. He lived comfortably, having inherited his family estates at Kingston, Surrey and acquired a second large estate.

Gilbert, Thomas

First Name: 
Thomas
Last Name: 
Gilbert
Sex: 
Male
Birth: 
1713
Death: 
1766
Nationality: 
English
Religion: 
NULL
Education: 
Eton College from 1725-1728; Trinity College, Oxford matriculated 1729; BA 1733; Peterhouse, Cambridge 1735; MA 1737; fellow of Peterhouse 1736-1744
Politics: 
NULL
Milieux: 
Tory/Jacobite satire and political commentary?; Whig satire and political writing?
Patrons: 
NULL
Coteries: 
Laurence Sterne; John Hall-Stevenson; member of Hall-Stevenson's club of Demoniacks at Skelton Castle
Periodicals & Misc Contributed To: 
Benjamin Loveling's Latin and English Poems, 1738
Summing Up: 

Little is known about Gilbert's life. He used verse primarily as a vehicle for satire.

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