Edward Gibbon

Standard Name: Gibbon, Edward


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Education Margaret Haig, Viscountess Rhondda
Taught by governesses until she was thirteen, Margaret Haig Thomas learned to read at about five. She was taught German and French, and she also learned Welsh as a child but did not retain it...
Education Catherine Cookson
As a young adult CC took on her own education. With varying degrees of success she studied grammar, elocution, French, and the violin. She also discovered the public library. Colleagues at work got her to...
Education Elinor Glyn
After Elinor Sutherland (later EG ) turned fourteen she no longer had a governess. Eager for intellectual stimulation, she took it upon herself to read everything in her stepfather 's book collection, which had recently...
Education P. L. Travers
Here she got through lots of reading, beginning with Gibbon 's Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, and proved inventive in breaking rules. She discovered the theatre through acting coach Lawrence Campbell ...
Education Sybille Bedford
The idea had been that Jack and Suzan Robbins should select a boarding school for Sibylle and have her to stay for the holidays. Instead, with the money provided by her family and trustees, they...
Family and Intimate relationships Anne Stevenson
Her mother, Louise (Destler) , was the wife of a student when she bore her eldest daughter, and herself read Gibbon 's The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire while nursing. She then had...
Family and Intimate relationships Elizabeth Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire
As a widow, Lady Elizabeth received a proposal of marriage from Edward Gibbon ; she turned him down.
Family and Intimate relationships Dorothea Celesia
DC 's stepmother, born Lucy Elstob , was a distant relation of the scholar Elizabeth Elstob .
Blain, Virginia et al., editors. The Feminist Companion to Literature in English: Women Writers from the Middle Ages to the Present. Yale University Press; Batsford.
Edward Gibbon reported that she had intellectual ability but was a talkative, positive, passionate, conceited creature, and that...
Friends, Associates Dorothea Celesia
DC 's birth family had accustomed her to moving in literary, political, and theatrical circles, and her friends included Mary Lady Hervey , David Hume , David Garrick , and Edward Gibbon . Her father...
Friends, Associates Hannah More
Here she began to gather the circle of friends which by the end of her long life had touched every cranny of English society. She had already met Edmund Burke in Bristol the previous September...
Friends, Associates Dorothea Celesia
Gibbon visited DC again in May and June 1764 in Genoa (where he was staying after finding Venice impossibly expensive). Again she received him with a friendliness beyond mere politeness and introduced him to some...
Intertextuality and Influence Elizabeth Hamilton
Agrippina the elder, grand-daughter of Augustus had defied the tyrannical rule of Tiberius . She was admired at this period as much as her namesake and daughter, Nero's mother, was abhorred. For Hamilton her story...
Intertextuality and Influence Beatrice Harraden
This novel's central episode of a chance encounter between strangers became one of BH 's favourite themes.
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray et al., editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. http://www.oxforddnb.com/.
She relates this story in a simple style, almost like one designed for children. Her protagonist, orphan Bernardine...
Intertextuality and Influence Virginia Woolf
Rachel leaves home on her voyage hoping to broaden her experience and come to understand herself and the world, but finds herself in a physical space and a society that are constricting. Although it seemed...
Intertextuality and Influence John Oliver Hobbes
Pearl Richards (later JOH ) read widely as a child and adolescent, and her parents' liberal views (and considerable fortune) meant that she could pursue her tastes in both the lending libraries and the less...


By 1148: Anna Comnena finished the fifteen books of...

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By 1148

Anna Comnena finished the fifteen books of her Alexias, a history of the career and reign of her father, Alexius Comnenus , Emperor of Constantinople.

23 November 1752: George Ballard dated his preface to Memoirs...

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23 November 1752

George Ballard dated his preface to Memoirs of Several Ladies of Great Britain . . . (better known as Memoirs of Eminent Ladies); it was published that year.

17 February 1776: Edward Gibbon published the first volume...

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17 February 1776

Edward Gibbon published the first volume of his History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire; its mockingly sceptical fifteenth and sixteenth chapters caused a storm of controversy.

1780: In his poem An Essay on History, in three...

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In his poemAn Essay on History, in three epistles to Edward Gibbon, William Hayley praised the ancient historian Anna Comnena .
Tomlins, Elizabeth Sophia. The Victim of Fancy. Pickering and Chatto.

Between 1788 and 1792: The historian Edward Gibbon composed no less...

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Between 1788 and 1792

The historian Edward Gibbon composed no less than six drafts of his autobiography, which remained unpublished during his lifetime.

31 March 1796: Edward Gibbon's Miscellaneous Works, with...

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31 March 1796

Edward Gibbon 's Miscellaneous Works, with Memoirs of his Life and Writings were posthumously published by his literary executor, Lord Sheffield .


Gibbon, Edward. Gibbon’s Journey from Geneva to Rome: His Journal from 20 April to 2 October 1764. Editor Bonnard, Georges A., Nelson, 1961.
Gibbon, Edward. Letters. Editor Norton, J. E., Cassell and Company, 1956.
Gibbon, Edward. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire . . . With variorum notes including those of Guizot, Wenck, Schreiter, and Hugo. George Bell, 1885.