Richard Graves

Richard Graves (1715-1804) was an eighteenth-century English novelist and country cleric. The second son of a landed gentry family, he became 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. He is best known for The Spiritual Quixote, which satirised the Methodist revival.