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Night Thoughts: Or, the Complaint and the…
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Night Thoughts: Or, the Complaint and the Consolation

by Edward Young

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"I wish I knew something about the modern poets. Nobody will listen to me ... when I say that I am very fond of Young's Night Thoughts." (Letter to Henry Harvey, 20 August 1936.) (Pym, A very private eye. Macmillan, 1984. p. 61.)
  Barbara_Pym | Jul 11, 2017 |
London 1766 this copy no printer .Worn brown leather binding.
The Complaint: or, Night-Thoughts on Life, Death, & Immortality, better known simply as Night-Thoughts, is a long poem by Edward Young published in nine parts (or "nights") between 1742 and 1745.
The poem is written in blank verse. It describes the poet's musings on death over a series of nine "nights" in which he ponders the loss of his wife and friends, and laments human frailties. The best-known line in the poem is the adage "procrastination is the thief of time". Onslow is the Speaker of the House of Commons. $75 ($250 if better condition or repaired) good reading copy
  antiqueart | Dec 16, 2013 |
The commentary book is superb, this is the first time this book has been published as originally imaged. Some extraordinarily fine Blake inages. An interesting read if you have never been exposed to "graveyard" poetry, somewhat out of fashion now but a wonderfully crafted set nonetheless. ( )
  hewitt | Aug 5, 2009 |
The Folio Society's 2005 Limited Edition facsimile of Edward Young's "Night Thoughts" with the 500 or so illustrations for it by William Blake is awesome -- there's no other word for it. ( )
1 vote Lloydville | Jul 1, 2009 |
In 1736 Young's wife, who had three children by her first marriage, died , and her son and his wife died in 1740. Young was seriously ill himself, and with these bereavements came to suffer depression and insomnia. He then wrote The Complaint, or Night Thoughts on Life, Death and Immortality.
The poem consists of nine parts, totalling approximately 9000 lines of blank verse, giving moral advice to ‘the worldly and infidel young Lorenzo‘. Part II, Night the Second, is On Time, Death, Friendship; Part IV is The Christian Triumph; V, The Relapse. Dr Johnson called Night Thoughts ‘melancholy and angry’; William Blake provided illustrations for it in 1797. ( )
1 vote KayCliff | May 10, 2009 |
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Blake, WilliamIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Le Tourneur, PierreTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0486292142, Paperback)

Superb reproduction of 1797 publication of four sections of Edward Young’s popular poem Night Thoughts, illustrated with 43 designs by William Blake. Images of angels, spirits, poets, sensuous women, Life, Death, Reason and Truth swirl about Young’s text, adding to its meaning and revealing much of Blake’s own vision. Plate-by-plate commentaries by Professors Robert Essick and Jenijoy La Belle. Introduction. Bibliography. 43 illus.

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A remote Scottish mansion. Five bickering academics are haunted by ghosts from their past. Reluctantly they offer shelter to the Doctor and his companions Ace and Hex. Hex, already troubled by a vivid nightmare, is further disturbed by the nighttime appearance of a whistling, hooded apparition. Ace tries to befriend the young housemaid, Sue. Sue knows secrets. She knows why the academics have assembled here, and she knows why they are all so afraid. But Sue's lips are sealed, preferring to communicate through her disturbing toy, Happy the Rabbit. And then the killing begins. Gruesome deaths that lead the Doctor and his friends to discover the grisly truth behind the academics' plans, and as the ghosts of the past become ghosts of the present, to recognise that sometimes death can be preferable to life.… (more)

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