Rev. Richard Graves


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.


1776On Calumny.
1776The Banks of the Wye.
1780A College Life.
1780On Caprice.


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.