Braudy, Leo. “Edward Gibbon and ‘The Privilege of Fiction.’” Prose Studies 3, no. 2 (September 1980): 138-51.
Argues that Gibbon's attitudes towards and adoption of fiction as a means to interpret historical events are more important elements in the historian's writings than are works of classical historians and contemporary social philosophers.
Carnochan, W. B. Gibbon's Solitude: The Inward World of the Historian. Stanford, Calif.: Stanford University Press, 1987, 228 p.
Full-length study of Gibbon's life and works that concentrates on the historian's efforts to understand both ancient Rome and...
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