Edward Young

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The eighteenth century English poet, dramatist and philosopher, Edward Young is best remembered today for the enormously popular ‘Night-Thoughts’, a long, didactic poem contemplating the theme of death. The poem was inspired by the successive deaths of Young’s stepdaughter, her husband and the poet’s own wife over a five year period. Composed in blank-verse, it is a dramatic monologue of nearly 10,000 lines, divided into nine parts, or “Nights.” Young’s fame in Europe was further developed by his prose masterpiece, ‘Conjectures on Original Composition’, addressed to his friend, the novelist Samuel Richardson. The essay succinctly explores concepts that would later epitomise the principal concerns of the Romantic movement. The Delphi Poets Series offers readers the works of literature’s finest poets, with superior formatting. For the first time in digital publishing, this volume presents Young’s complete works, with related illustrations and the usual Delphi bonus material. (Version 1)


* Beautifully illustrated with images relating to Young’s life and works
* Concise introduction to Young’s life and poetry
* The text of the complete poems is based on the seminal Bell and Daldy 1858 edition
* Includes the original footnotes, ideal for students
* Excellent formatting of the texts
* Special chronological and alphabetical contents tables for the poetry
* Easily locate the poems you want to read
* Includes Young’s complete plays — first time in digital print
* Young’s sermons and essays, available in no other collection
* Features two biographies — discover Young’s literary life
* Scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres


The Life and Poetry of Edward Young
Brief Introduction: Edward Young
Complete Poetical Works of Edward Young

The Poems
List of Poems in Chronological Order
List of Poems in Alphabetical Order

The Plays
Busiris, King of Egypt (1719)
The Revenge (1721)
The Brothers (1753)

The Prose
On Lyrick Poetry (1728)
A Vindication of Providence (1728)
An Apology for Princes (1729)
The Centaur Not Fabulous (1755)
An Argument, Drawn from the Circumstances of Christ’s Death, for the Truth of His Religion (1758)
Conjectures on Original Composition (1759)
Epitaph at Welwyn, Hertfordshire

The Biographies
Edward Young by Leslie Stephen
On the Life and Poetic Genius of Edward Young by George Gilfillan

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