Richard Graves studied at Pembroke College Oxford (Fellow of All Souls, 1736; M.A., 1740) where he befriended William Shenstone. He was Rector of Claverton (1749-1804), where he was patronized by Ralph Allen of Prior Park. Graves supplemented a slender income by taking students (Thomas Malthus was among his pupils). His first and most successful novel, The Spiritual Quixote (1772), ridiculed the Methodists.
The festoon: a collection of epigrams. 1766.
The spiritual Quixote. 3 vols, 1773.
The love of order: a poetical essay. 1773.
The progress of gallantry: a poetical essay. 1774.
Galateo: or a treatise on politeness [De la Casa, trans. Graves]. 1774.
Euphrosyne: or the amusements of real life. 2 vols, 1776, 1780.
Columella, or the distressed anchoret: a colloquial tale. 2 vols, 1779.
The sorrows of Werter [Goethe, trans. Graves]. 2 vols, 1779.
Fleurettes, containing an ode on solitude. 1784.
Eugenius: or anecdotes of the golden vale, an embellished narrative of real facts. 2 vols, 1785.
Lucubrations: consisting of essays, reveries, etc in prose and verse. 1786.
A letter from a father to his son at the university. 1787.
Recollections of some particulars in the life of the late William Shenstone. 1788.
The rout: or a sketch of modern life. 1789.
The heir apparent: or the life of Commodus [Herodian, trans. Graves]. 1789.
Plexippus: or the aspiring plebeian. 2 vols, 1790.
The meditations of the emperor Marcus Aurelius Antonius [trans. Graves]. 1792.
Hiero on the condition of royalty: a conversation from the Greek of Xenophon. 1793.
The reveries of solitude: consisting of essays in prose. 1793.
The coalition, or the opera rehears'd: a comedy. 1794.
The farmer's son: a moral tale. 1795.
Sermons; to which is added a letter from a father to his son at the university. 1799.
Senilities: or solitary amusements in prose and verse. 1801.
The invalid; with the obvious means of enjoying health and a long life. 1804.
The triflers: consisting of trifling essays. 1805.