2 letters of Rev John Gray and items of printed ephemera
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1 x ms letter dated 31 May 1933 from Canon John Gray, St. Peter's, Falcon Avenue, Edinburgh 10, to 'Dear Mrs Kinnear', saying that he 'shall much like to have a visit from' her father 'on Monday'. Not 'in the morning' though, because he will go to his retreat on that day.
Various printed items.
- Gray, John, 1866-1934, poet (Person)
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Biographical / Historical
Gray is better known as a playwright and poet, and he is regarded as the original 'Dorian' portrayed by Oscar Wilde. He had become one of the Oscar Wilde 'Set' and had signed one of his letters to Wilde with the name 'Dorian'. In addition to his friendship with Wilde, he had a close friendship with Eric Gill (1882-1940) and Marc-Andre-Raffalovich (1864-1934).
In spite of the successful publication of his well-acclaimed poetry, and his Foreign Office career, Gray changed the direction of his life and entered the Scots College in Rome intending to become a priest. He was ordained in 1901 and then served as a priest in Edinburgh, at St. Peter's, Morningside. St. Peter's itself had been an idea conceived by Gray (initially a Curate at St. Patrick's Church, Edinburgh) and Andre Raffalovitch.
In spite of his new career, his literary skills were not supressed and he published a novel in the 1920s and later on put together a volume of poetry - Poems (1931). His other work includes: poems, Silverpoints (1893); poems, Ad Matrem: Fourteen Scenes in the Life of the Blessed Virgin Mary (1903); and, poems, The Long Road (1926).
The Rev. John Gray died on 14 June 1934.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
- 2 x ms letters from John Gray (1866-1934) to Mrs. Kinnear, 1928 and 1933