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Memoirs of My Life and Writings

Edward Gibbon

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. . .Cambridge are united in colleges; their maintenance is provided at their own expense, or that of the founders; and the stated hours of the hall and chapel represent the discipline of a regular, and, as it were, a religious community. The eyes of the traveller are attracted by the size or beauty of the public edifices; and the principal colleges appear to be so many palaces, which a liberal nation has erected and endowed for the habitation of science. My own introduction to the university of Oxford forms a new aera in my life; and at the distance of forty years I still remember my first emotions of surprise and satisfaction. In my fifteenth year I felt myself suddenly raised from a boy to a man: the persons, whom I respected as my superiors in age and academical rank, entertained me with every mark of attention and civility; and my vanity was flattered by the velvet cap and silk gown, which distinguish a gentleman commoner from a plebeian student. A decent allowance, more . . . Read More

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By this point, I am much too enamored of Mr. Gibbon to be an impartial judge. I read his work with an almost religious awe. Indeed, Gibbon’s temper is almost that of a sage: not in his kindness or goodness, but in his calm curiosity.

It is a truism of psychology that negative experiences make more

Edward Gibbon's short and entertaining autobiography, telling the story of his life and of how he wrote the Decline and Fall. The two chapters in which Gibbon describes the completion, publication and reception of the Decline and Fall ought to be essential reading for anyone planning a writing caree

Re-reading this has primed me for some more Austen. For six months Persuasion has been a brick in my bedside to-read tower, and at no point of that time have I found myself in the mood to read the novel. I’m in the mood now. In the lofty ironic style with which he traced the dissipation of Roman dyn

What's not to love about a man who writes this well, even when he's not really trying, and gets more upset about intellectual arguments than he does about a faltering love life? Nothing not to love. Gibbon's life wasn't particularly eventful, but this prose would drag me through even a contemporary,

"The present is a fleeting moment, the past is no more; and our prospect of futurity is dark and doubtful."
-- Edward Gibbon, Memoirs of My Life

After Brexit and my country's own recent crazy election, I was tempted to once again read Gibbon's The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. I first read al

Gibbon’s eighteenth century life: Oxford, continental travel, politics, and, of course, the world of letters. Witty, curious, and wise.

This was a fascinating autobiography of the author of the epic Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. Can you imagine living in England, France, and Switzerland during the mid- to late-eighteenth century? This is what fascinated me most about the book because it was a time of massive change and the h

Gibbon spent twenty years writing his gargantuan history of Rome; concision is famously not among his strong points. One might suspect him of drawing things out a little, especially when he approaches his autobiography with phrases like this:

Decency and ignorance cast a veil over the mystery of gene

I'm such a fan of Edward Gibbon; his writing, to me, can be quite fun. Having read the History some years ago, I was much looking forward to getting reacquainted with Mr. Gibbon. This is a short work and does contain many a pleasant turn of phrase.

My college forgot to instruct: I forgot to return, a

The next time someone asks me which writers I would ask to dinner, Gibbon will be on the list. Such delicious, sly wit, such erudition, such intellectual commitment combined with reserve about fate.

I think it would help to have read at least some of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire before re

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