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The literary art of Edward Gibbon

Author: Harold Lewis Bond
Publisher: Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1975, ©1960.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A study of "The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire" as a major literary achievement. Developing the thesis that Gibbon consciously tried to write an historical epic, Bond examines the conception, the argument, and the structure of the great history. He examines Gibbon's narrative techniques, methods of characterization, and his use of irony and satire. The details of Gibbon's style, sentence structure, use of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Bond, Harold Lewis, 1920-1986.
Literary art of Edward Gibbon.
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1975, ©1960
(OCoLC)988208261
Named Person: Edward Gibbon
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Harold Lewis Bond
ISBN: 0837180503 9780837180502
OCLC Number: 1218554
Notes: A Revision of the author's thesis, Harvard.
Reprint of the ed. published by the Clarendon Press, Oxford.
Description: 167 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: The conception --
The argument --
The structure --
Narrative --
Characters --
Satire --
Language --
Conclusion.
Responsibility: by Harold L. Bond.

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A study of "The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire" as a major literary achievement. Developing the thesis that Gibbon consciously tried to write an historical epic, Bond examines the conception, the argument, and the structure of the great history. He examines Gibbon's narrative techniques, methods of characterization, and his use of irony and satire. The details of Gibbon's style, sentence structure, use of metaphor and simile, the rhythms and sounds of his prose are also analyzed. Bonds conclusion is that "The Decline and Fall" is an epic of great literary distinction and enduring value.

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