‘ “He is a rogue of course, but a civil one”: John Murray, Byron and Jane Austen’. 

Dr Christine Kenyon Jones (King’s College London)

This lecture will compare and contrast the relationships of Lord Byron and Jane Austen with their publisher John Murray.

Dr. Kenyon Jones will discuss how Murray deployed his charm with these two very different authors, while in both cases being rather less than open in his financial dealings with them. She will explore how issues of class affected both relationships, with Byron’s rather precariously-achieved aristocracy and Austen’s hard-held gentility playing off against Murray’s status as tradesman, professional and gentleman; expert, adviser and business partner; servant, colleague and friend.

6.30 p.m. Drinks 7.00 p.m. Talk Tickets £11; Students / Friends £8.50

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