The foremost publisher of the Romantic period, John Murray was a crucial figure in the professional lives of the most important literary talents of his timeincluding Jane Austen, Walter Scott, and above all Lord Byron, with whom he shared an especially intimate working relationship. Never before published, and in fact rarely even seen, Murrays letters to Byron are an exhilarating find and significantly increase both our knowledge of Byron and of nineteenth-century publishing.
The letters reveal a wealth of information about the composition of Byrons works and their manner of publication. They show the extent to which Byron accepted Murrays editorial revisions and how willing Murray was to publish other authors simply on Byrons recommendation. Renowned Byron scholar Andrew Nicholson has edited this critical edition and his informative notes fill in Byrons side of the conversation. Along the way Murrays letters illuminate much about his relations with his other authors, as well as the vast circle of literati, scientists, travelers, and politicians who frequented his celebrated drawing room.