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John Murray


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George Gordon Lord Byron : travel journal

Byron to Thomas Moore, 25 March 1817, on Alpine travels in 1816: 'I kept a journal of the whole for my sister Augusta, which she copied and let Murray see.'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: John Murray      Manuscript: Codex


Jane Austen : Emma

'Your official opinion of the Merits of "Emma", is very valuable & satisfactory.'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: John Murray      Manuscript: Sheet, MS of novel


Walter Scott : Waverley

'[John Murray] was confirmed in his idea that Walter Scott was the author [of Waverley] after carefully reading the book. Canning called on Murray next day; said he had begun it, found it very dull, and concluded: "You are quite mistaken; it cannot be by Walter Scott." But a few days later he wrote to Murray: "Yes, it is so; you are right: Walter Scott, and no one else."'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: John Murray      Print: Book


John Wilson Croker : Stories for Children from the History of England (extracts)

John Wilson Croker to John Murray (1816): 'I send you seven stories [for 'Stories for Children from the History of England'], which, with the eleven you had before, brings us down to Richard III [...] I think you told me that you gave the first stories to your little boy to read. Perhaps you or Mrs. Murray would be so kind as to make a mark over against any such words as he may not have understood, and to favour me with any criticism the child may have made, for on this occasion I should prefer a critic of 6 years old to one of 60.'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: John Murray      Manuscript: Unknown


George Gordon Lord Byron : The Siege of Corinth / Parisina

John Murray to Lord Byron (December 1815): 'I tore open the packet you sent me, and have found in it a Pearl. It is very interesting, pathetic, beautiful -- do you know, I would almost say moral [...] I have been most agreeably disappointed (a word I cannot associate with the poem) at the story, which -- what you hinted to me and wrote -- had alarmed me; and I should not have read it aloud to my wife if my eye had not traced the delicate hand that transcribed it.'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: John Murray      Manuscript: Unknown, In hand of Anne Isabella, Lady Byron


George Gordon Lord Byron : Parisina

John Murray to Byron, 4 January 1816: 'Nothing can be more interestingly framed and more interestingly told than this story [Parisina] [...] I read it last night to D'Israeli and his family, and they were perfectly overcome by it [comments further on text].'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: John Murray      Manuscript: Unknown


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