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Gibbon and the 'Watchmen of the Holy City'
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Gibbon and the 'Watchmen of the Holy City': The Historian and his Reputation, 1776-1815

David Womersley

Abstract

The publication of the first volume of The Decline and Fall in 1776 immediately embroiled Gibbon in a dispute concerning his supposed irreligion. This book follows the implications and ramifications of Gibbon's sudden notoriety to recover the historian's experience of himself as author. It traces Gibbon's attempts to control, to manipulate, and at times to avail himself of, his public reputation from his first, silent, engagement with his critics when he revised the text of the first volume of The Decline and Fall, to that unfinished masterpiece of self-presentation, the Memoirs of My Life. It ... More

Keywords: Edward Gibbon, Lord Sheffield, Decline and Fall, memoirs, Miscellaneous Works, reputation, irreligion, authorship

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780198187332
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198187332.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Womersley, author
Official Fellow and Tutor in English Literature, Jesus College, Oxford
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