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Memoirs of My Life : Penguin Classics - Edward Gibbon

Memoirs of My Life

Penguin Classics

Paperback Published: 29th March 1984
ISBN: 9780140432176
Number Of Pages: 240

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Edward Gibbon was one of the world's greatest historians and a towering figure of his age. When he died in 1794 he left behind the unfinished drafts of his Memoirs, which were posthumously edited by his friend Lord Sheffield, and remain an astonishing portrait of a rich, full life. Recounting Gibbon's sickly childhood in London, his disappointment with an Oxford 'steeped in port and prejudice', his successful years in Lausanne, his first and only love affair and the monolithic achievement of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, he distils his genius for history into a remarkable gift for autobiography. Candid and detailed, these writings are filled with warmth and intellectual passion.

Preface and Acknowledgementsp. 7
Editor's Introductionp. 9
Select Bibliographyp. 29
Main Dates in Gibbon's Lifep. 31
Gibbon's Epitaphp. 34
Introductionp. 39
Family Historyp. 41
Early Years - Westminster School (1737-52)p. 57
Oxford (1752-3)p. 75
Lausanne (1753-8)p. 92
Essai - Service in Militia (1758-62)p. 107
Grand Tour - Buriton-London - Father's Death (1763-70)p. 134
London Life - Parliament - Decline and Fall (1770-83)p. 155
Lausanne (1783-93)p. 166
Gibbon's Notes to Chapters VII and VIIIp. 177
Appendix 1: Lord Sheffield's Continuation of the Memoirsp. 190
Appendix 2: The Family Trees of Gibbon and Portenp. 203
Editor's Notesp. 204
Indexp. 218
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ISBN: 9780140432176
ISBN-10: 0140432175
Series: Penguin Classics
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 29th March 1984
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.2

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