He married Judith, a daughter of James Porten, whose family had originated in Germany. Edward, too, had independent means throughout his life. He was the eldest and the only survivor of seven children, the rest dying in infancy. He early became an omnivorous reader and could indulge his tastes the more fully since his schooling was most irregular.
His most important work, The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, was published in six volumes between and The Decline and Fall is known for the quality and irony of its prose, its use of primary sources, and its open criticism of organised religion.
Gibbon returned to England in June His father died inand after tending to the estate, which was by no means in good condition, there remained quite enough for Gibbon to settle fashionably in London at 7 Bentinck Street, independent of financial concerns.
By Februaryhe was writing in earnest, but not without the occasional self-imposed distraction. He took to London society quite easily, joined the better social clubs, including Dr. Johnson's Literary Club, and looked in from time to time on his friend Holroyd in Sussex. He succeeded Oliver Goldsmith at the Royal Academy as 'professor in ancient history' honorary but prestigious.
In latehe was initiated a freemason of the Premier Grand Lodge of England. And, perhaps least productively in that same year, he was returned to the House of Commons for Liskeard, Cornwall through the intervention of his relative and patron, Edward Eliot.
He became the archetypal back-bencher, benignly "mute" and "indifferent," his support of the Whig ministry invariably automatic. Gibbon's indolence in that position, perhaps fully intentional, subtracted little from the progress of his writing.
After several rewrites, with Gibbon "often tempted to throw away the labours of seven years," the first volume of what would become his life's major achievement, The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, was published on 17 February Throughthe reading public eagerly consumed three editions for which Gibbon was rewarded handsomely: Biographer Leslie Stephen wrote that thereafter, "His fame was as rapid as it has been lasting.
By earlyhe was "straining for the goal" and with great relief the project was finished in June.
It was on the day, or rather the night, of 27 Junebetween the hours of eleven and twelve, that I wrote the last lines of the last page in a summer-house in my garden.
I will not dissemble the first emotions of joy on the recovery of my freedom, and perhaps the establishment of my fame. But my pride was soon humbled, and a sober melancholy was spread over my mind by the idea that I had taken my everlasting leave of an old and agreeable companion, and that, whatsoever might be the future date of my history, the life of the historian must be short and precarious.
Volumes IV, V, and VI finally reached the press in Maytheir publication having been delayed since March so it could coincide with a dinner party celebrating Gibbon's 51st birthday the 8th. Smith remarked that Gibbon's triumph had positioned him "at the very head of [Europe's] literary tribe.The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire and millions of other books are available for instant access.
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