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The title of two collections of essays by V. Woolf, taken from Dr Johnson's life of Gray in Lives of the English Poets, which concludes with a famous paragraph in praise of the Elegy: ‘In the character of his Elegy I rejoice to concur with the common reader…The Church‐yard abounds with images which find a mirrour in every mind, and with sentiments to which every bosom returns an echo.’

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards).

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Virginia Woolf (1882—1941) writer and publisher

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