James Hervey

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    James Hervey (1714-1758) was a Church of England minister and writer, whose Meditations among the Tombs (1746) is now most notably recognised as a prose counterpart to contemporaneous “graveyard poetry” and for its proto-Gothic aesthetics. Educated at Oxford (and later in life at Cambridge), Hervey joined the Oxford Methodists under the influence of John Wesley in 1733, and was well acquainted with prominent evangelical clergymen such as George Whitefield, Isaac Watts and Philip Doddridge for much of his life. Describing himself as a “moderate Calvinist”, Hervey’s religious life was imbued with a devotion to the gospel and the renunciation of earthly things.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationThe Literary Encyclopedia
    Subtitle of host publicationexploring literature, history and culture
    EditorsPaul Baines, Daniel Cook, Pat Rogers, Nicholas Seager
    PublisherThe Literary Dictionary Company
    ISBN (Print)1747-678X
    Publication statusPublished - 15 Feb 2017


    • poets
    • proto-Gothics
    • Graveyard poetry


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