After his move in 1812 to 50 Albemarle Street, London, John Murray II found himself surrounded by London’s literary circle. It was here that he became acquainted with important literary figures, such as Thomas Moore, Robert Southey, Sir Walter Scott, and Jane Austen, many of whom are still widely read today. Above all, Murray played a key role in Lord Byron’s career. He is credited with bringing about Byron’s success in publishing Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage in 1812. The poem sold out in five days.
In addition to poetry and fiction, Murray worked with a large variety of literature. Scientists like Charles Babbage and Charles Lyell had their research theories published by Murray. He also worked with artists like Turner, playwrights, and circulated travel guides.
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