Richard Graves was an English poet and novelist. Born in Gloucestershire, he was the son of an antiquary of the same name. Graves was a fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, but lost this position after the discovery of his secret marriage to Lucy Bartholomew. He eventually found a living as rector of Claverton, near Bath, where he settled with his family for the next fifty years. Graves was an enthusiastic collector of poems, a translator, essayist and correspondent. His best-known work is the novel The Spiritual Quixote (1773), which satirised the Methodist revival.
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