John Murray II was an influential publisher during the Romantic period and the second in the long line of the Murray publishing dynasty. He is chiefly remembered for his association with Byron, although he published several other famous authors, including Jane Austen and Washington Irving. He was also publisher of the eventually infamous

Quarterly Review

, the Tory rival to the Whig

Edinburgh Review

. Murray is finally being recognised as a figure of real importance – the National Library of Scotland recently acquired the John Murray Archive, Andrew Nicholson has collected and edited Murray’s letters to Byron (

The Letters of John Murray to Lord Byron

, Liverpool University Press, 2007) and a new book by Humphrey Carpenter chronicles the history of the firm (

The Seven Lives of John

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Citation: O'Connell, Mary. "John Murray". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 22 September 2008 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=3268, accessed 05 March 2024.]

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