The Seven Lives of John Murray
The Story of a Publishing Dynasty
By (author) Humphrey Carpenter
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Seven Lives of John Murray by Humphrey Carpenter
Book DescriptionFrom the burning of Byron's memoirs, Jane Austen's clipped businesslike manner, and the lucrative controversy caused by the publication of Darwin's Origin of Species, through to the discovery of the new young poet John Betjeman, the name John Murray has for more than two hundred years been synonymous with challenging, intelligent and progressive publishing. From its birth in 1768, when the first John Murray of Edinburgh came down to London, each of its seven leaders has made his own contribution to the dissemination of literature and the understanding of the world. One became Byron's publisher and confidante; another began the revolutionary series of Murray handbooks which transformed world travel in the early years of the railways; a third broke controversial new ground with the publication of Queen Victoria's letters. So the tradition progressed to the end of the twentieth century, and a list of literary giants including Patrick Leigh Fermor, Osbert Lancaster, Fransoise Sagan and Poet Laureate, John Betjeman. Written in Carpenter's rollicking and iconoclastic style, it is an affectionate and vibrant account of the longest-surviving publishing house in the world.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780719565328
(240mm x 162mm x 34mm)
Imprint: John Murray Publishers Ltd
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Publish Date: 10-Jul-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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The original authorised biography, and the only one written by an author who actually met J.R.R. Tolkien, reissued to mark Tolkien's 125th Anniversary.
Mr Majeika and Mr Majeika and the Lost Spell Book, Paperback (January 2014)
Mr Majeika can behave just like any ordinary teacher if he wants to, but something has to be done about Hamish Bigmore, the class nuisance, and so he uses a little magic to turn him into a frog - the only problem is he can't remember the spell to turn him back.
W. H. Auden, Paperback (February 2010)
Summarizes Auden's ambiguity: 'Here, as so often in his life, Auden adopted a dogmatic attitude which did not reflect the full range of his opinions, and which he sometimes flatly contradicted.'
That Was Satire That Was, Paperback (March 2009)» View all books by Humphrey Carpenter
It started with "Beyond the Fringe" at the Edinburgh Festival of 1960. Four Cambridge undergraduates had created a satirical revue, which by its iconoclastic irreverence destroyed what the author describes as 'the culture of deference' so prevalent in the preceding decade. This book focuses on this period of social and cultural change.
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Author Biography - Humphrey Carpenter
Humphrey Carpenter began his career working for the BBC and appeared on Radio 3 and 4 many times since. He has written many bestselling, award-winning biographies whose subjects include Tolkein, CS Lewis, Ezra Pound, WH Auden, Bejamin Britten, Spike Milligan. He was a prolific author of childrens' book and a skilled jazz musician. He died in January 2005.
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