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Edward Gibbon (1737–1794)

Gibbon, Edward. A great English historian; born at Putney, Surrey, April 27, 1737; died at London, Jan. 16, 1794. His writings are: ‘Essay on the Study of Literature’ (1761), in French; ‘Critical Observations’ (1770), on one of the arguments of Warburton’s ‘Divine Legation of Moses’; ‘History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire’ (6 vols., 1776–88); ‘Vindication’ of the 15th and 16th chapters of the ‘History’ (1779); ‘Miscellaneous Works, with Memoir Composed by Himself’ (1796). It has been discovered that this Memoir was not printed as written by Gibbon, but had been changed in important particulars by whoever prepared it for the press. (See Critical and Biographical Introduction).