Edward Young

1683 (Upham, England) – 1765 (Welwyn)

His friend Pope said Young had genius but no common sense. Swift told him that he (Swift) would die from the head down, like a tree. Young met Voltaire in England, and described his ‘Candide’ as “bold trash.” He addressed one of his works to his close friend Richardson, and wrote to him about ‘Clarissa’, as well as about the infirmity and depression he suffered towards the end of his life. Klopstock corresponded with Young, and regarded him as a hero; Klopstock’s wife thought that he should be made Archbishop of Canterbury.