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Edward Young

(June 1683 - 5 April 1765 / Upham / England)

Edward Young
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Early Life

He was the son of Edward Young, later Dean of Salisbury, and was born at his father's rectory at Upham, near Winchester, where he was baptized on 3 July 1683. He was educated at Winchester College, and matriculated in 1702 at New College, Oxford. He later moved to Corpus Christi, and in 1708 was nominated by Archbishop Tenison to a law fellowship at All Souls. He took his degree of D.C.L. in 1719

Literary Career

His first publication was an Epistle to ... Lord Lansdoune (1713). It was followed by a Poem on the Last Day (1713), dedicated to Queen Anne; The Force of Religion: or Vanquished Love (1714), a poem on the execution of Lady ... more »

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  • Illustrious examples engross, prejudice, and intimidate. They engross our attention, and so prevent a due inspection of ourselves; they prejudice our judgment in favour of their abilities, and so less...
    Edward Young (1683-1765), British poet, dramatist. Conjectures on Original Composition (1759).
  • ''Some, for renown, on scraps of learning dote,
    And think they grow immortal as they quote.''
    Edward Young (1683-1765), British poet, playwright. repr. In Complete Works, ed. J. Doran (1968). Love of Fame: The Universal Passion, satire 1, l. 89...
  • ''None think the great unhappy, but the great.''
    Edward Young (1683-1765), British poet, playwright. repr. In Complete Works, ed. J. Doran (1968). Love of Fame: The Universal Passion, satire 1, l. 23...
  • ''Life is the desert, life the solitude,
    Death joins us to the great majority.''
    Edward Young (1683-1765), British poet, playwright. repr. In Complete Works, ed. J. Doran (1968). Don Alonzo, in The Revenge, act 4, sc. 1 (1721).
  • ''All men think all men mortal, but themselves.''
    Edward Young (1683-1765), British poet, playwright. repr. In Complete Works, ed. J. Doran (1968). Night 1, l. 424, The Complaint, or Night-Thoughts on...
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