Murray, John, 1778-1843

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Birth 1778-11-27
Death 1843-06-27

Biographical notes:

John Murray was an important and successful British publisher. He was among the first publishers to form connections with authors, notably Byron, and traveled in literary circles. A consummate businessman, he was often guided by his Tory principles; he founded the Quarterly Review in part to give voice to his political views.

From the description of John Murray letter to General Malcolm, ca. 1812. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 51999696

British publisher.

From the description of Letter to "My Dear Sir," 1825. (Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens). WorldCat record id: 122369319

John Samuel Murray, English publisher.

From the guide to the John Murray II manuscript material : 4 items, 1816-1821, (The New York Public Library. Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle.)

John Murray II (1778-1843), was the second proprietor of John Murray publishing house. It had been founded by his father in 1768. Under his leadership, such authors as Walter Scott, Jane Austen, John Wilson Croker, Leigh Hunt, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Madame de Stael, Thomas Moore, Sir John Franklin (the explorer), Washington Irving, Isaac Disraeli, and Thomas Robert Malthus were published by the Murray publishing house. He also published the first cookbook for domestic cookery rather than institutional cookery. It is Murray's association with George Gordon, Lord Bryon, for which he is primarily remembered as a publisher. Murray published Childe Harold's Pilgrimage, which was very successful, and other of Byron's works. As of this writing (Fall 2001), the John Murray publishing house is still publishing and still has its offices at 50 Albemarle Street, London.

From the description of The John Murray letters, [1809-1842]. (University of Iowa Libraries). WorldCat record id: 236106067

Scottish publisher John Murray, son of publisher John Murray, directed the family's publishing house to unprecedented success. Aided by keen insight and a courageous vision, he published Byron, Jane Austen, Walter Scott, Robert Southey, and many others. In collaboration with John Constable, he co-owned the Edinburgh Review, and, along with George Canning, founded the rival Quarterly Review. His house was the center of British literary society. He was among the friends of Byron who decided to burn his manuscript journals to protect the poet's reputation after his death.

From the description of John Murray letters, 1812-circa 1836. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 68815494

English publisher.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : London, to John Gibson, 1826 Mar. 15. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 762167554

From the description of Autograph letter signed, dated : [London], 21 February [1823], to Lord Burghersh [later John Fane, 11th Earl of Westmorland] in Florence, [1823] Feb. 21. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270582790

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Albemarle Street, to an unnamed correspondent, 1836 Nov. 5. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270612745

From the description of Autograph letters signed (3) : Albemarle Street, to Col. Thomas Wildman, 1832 Nov. 20-1834 Mar. 4. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270613132

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Albemarle Street, to Augusta Leigh, 1832 Apr. 21. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270612744


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