In New York he was appointed as an editor at Theater Arts Magazine and as drama critic for the New Republic. Young remained at New Republic until his retirement in 1947. During this period he was involved with the theater in New York and wrote several plays.
Young drew on the traditions of his Southern upbringing for inspiration and generated essays, journalistic articles, and collections of stories, drawing on these sources. He also published four novels dealing with Southern themes.
In the 1940s Young, a self-taught artist, began painting and was the subject of two one-man exhibitions in New York. His paintings were shown in four important galleries including the Chicago Institute of Art which purchased one of his paintings for the permanent collection.
Young received the Order of the Crown of Italy for a series of lectures on American theater given in Italian as a Westinghouse Lecturer in Italy.
He served on the board of New York University and is a member of that institution's Hall of Fame. He was a recipient of Brandeis University's Creative Arts Medallion and the South Eastern Theatre Conference's Distinguished Career Award.