Manners and Costumes

Jason Thompson

in Edward William Lane 1801–1876

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9789774162879
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9781617970214 | DOI:
Manners and Costumes

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Private problems did not prevent Lane from working. He was indeed busy, for this was when he submitted the second draft of Description of Egypt to the publishing firm of John Murray. It was founded in 1768 by the first John Murray. It had steadily risen in status under John Murray II, the publisher of Byron, Austen, and many other renowned literary figures. Murray invited Lane during the last week of March 1831, for an interview in his famous drawing room at Albemarle Street, where he had received so many great writers. The Murray archives contain no record of the firm's negotiations with Lane, so the single source is a letter of several years later from Lane to John Murray III in which Lane would have presented his case in the best possible light, but there is no reason to doubt his general accuracy.

Keywords: John Murray; Description of Egypt; Albemarle Street; publisher; John Murray III

Chapter.  10730 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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