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Thomas Edwards

(1711—1757) poet and literary editor


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Thomas Edwards died on 3 January 1757 on a visit to Parson's Green. He followed in the footsteps of his father and grandfather and trained for the law, taking chambers in Lincoln's Inn in 1721. Edwards himself claimed to have been educated at Eton and to have had a Fellowship at King's College, Cambridge. From 1740 until his death he lived on his estate near Ellesborough in Buckinghamshire, where he is buried. Like many authors in the eighteenth century, he discovered that his real passion was for literature rather than the discipline for which he was trained, and his early writings led him into a controversy with William Warburton (with whom, it must be said, almost every writer during his era quarrelled). He was acquainted with a large number of literary figures.

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From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.

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