New book on Byron and John Murray

New book by Mary O’Connell on Byron’s relationship with John Murray, published by Liverpool University Press

Byron and John Murray: A Poet and His Publisher

Mary O’Connell

It is commonly seen as a paradox of Byron’s literary career that the liberal poet was published by a conservative publishing house. It is less of a paradox when, as this book illustrates, we see John Murray as a competitive, innovative publisher who understood how to deal with his most famous author. The book begins by charting the early years of Murray’s success prior to the publication of Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage, and describes Byron’s early engagement with the literary marketplace. The book describes in detail how Byron became one of Murray’s authors, before documenting the success of their commercial association and the eventual and protracted disintegration of their relationship. Byron wrote more letters to John Murray than anyone else and their correspondence represents a fascinating dialogue on the nature of Byron’s poetry, and particularly the nature of his fame. It is the central argument of this book that Byron’s ambivalent attitude towards professional writing and popular literature can be illuminated through an understanding of his relationship with John Murray.


Liverpool English Texts and Studies, 64 (More...)
First edition
Pages: 224
234 x 156 mm
© 2014
ISBN: 9781781381335


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