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Record 27129

Reading Experience:

'[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
Date: Between 7 Jul 1814 and 31 Dec 1814
Country: n/a
Time: n/a
Place: n/a
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Reader:John Murray
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 1778
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Publisher
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: n/a
Country of experience: n/a
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Walter Scott
Title: Waverley
Genre: Fiction
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: Published by Constable and Company, 7 July 1814
Provenance: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 27129  
Source - Print  
  Author: Samuel Smiles
  Editor: n/a
  Title: A Publisher and His Friends: Memoir and Correspondence of the Late John Murray
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1891
  Vol: 1
  Page: 244
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Samuel Smiles, A Publisher and His Friends: Memoir and Correspondence of the Late John Murray (London, 1891), 1, p. 244,, accessed: 17 June 2024

Additional comments:

See also p.243 in source for details on date of publication of text; also noted here that Murray sent early copy of text that he had read to Canning, having written 'By Walter Scott' on its title-page.



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