Engraving by William Holl the Younger after Sir Joshua Reynolds, 1853. Courtesy The Walter Scott Digital Archive, Edinburgh University Library.

Edward Gibbon is known primarily as the author of one great book, The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (1776-1788), a book that is for a variety of reasons—historical, historiographic, stylistic and cultural—so very great that we may be tempted to speak of Gibbon in …

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Mankin, Robert. "Edward Gibbon". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 March 2005
[, accessed 29 September 2016.]

Articles on Gibbon's works

  1. Memoirs of My Life