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

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

by David Womersley
     
 

ISBN-10: 0198187335

ISBN-13: 9780198187332

Pub. Date: 02/21/2002

Publisher: Oxford University Press

The subject of this book is the story of the conflict between Gibbon and those he mockingly dubbed the "Watchmen of the Holy City," and it explores the ramifications of an elusive aspect of authorship. By considering the sequence of interactions between the historian and his readership, Womersley makes possible a more intimate understanding of what might

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The subject of this book is the story of the conflict between Gibbon and those he mockingly dubbed the "Watchmen of the Holy City," and it explores the ramifications of an elusive aspect of authorship. By considering the sequence of interactions between the historian and his readership, Womersley makes possible a more intimate understanding of what might be called Gibbon's experience of himself. At the same time he deepens our knowledge of the conditions of English authorship during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198187332
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
02/21/2002
Pages:
464
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 5.60(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Note on References
Abbreviations
I: The Historian and his Reputation, 1776-1788
1. Revision and Religion
2. Forging a Polemical Style: Gibbon's Vindication and Literary Warfare, 1694-1779
3. 'Too deeply into the mud of the Arian controversy': Gibbon and the early Church Fathers
4. 'Enthusiasm and Imposture': Gibbon and Mahomet
II: After The Decline and Fall
5. Gibbon's Unfinished History
6. The 'Memoirs': Autobiography in Time of Revolution
7. 'As common as any the most vulgar thing to sense': Three Versions of the Death of a Father
8. 'Fourteen months, the most barren and unprofitable of my whole life': Five Versions of Residence in Oxford
III: Miscellaneous Works
9. The Making of Gibbon's Miscellaneous Works
10. Conclusion
Appendices
Bibliography
Index

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