Sir Walter Scott was one of the most popular writers of the 19th century.
His historical novels and poetry were incredibly successful throughout the world. His most famous novels included 'Waverley', 'Ivanhoe' and 'Rob Roy'.
Murray's 'Quarterly Review'
Murray jointly published some of Scott's works. However his main influence on Murray's publishing activity was in the founding of Murray's literary and political review journal the 'Quarterly Review'.
Scott also contributed insightful and intelligent articles, including reviews of Jane Austen's 'Emma', Lord Byron's 'Childe Harold's Pilgrimage' and Robert Southey's edition of 'Pilgrim's Progress'.
He even anonymously reviewed his own anonymously published work 'Tales of my Landlord' — it was one of the harshest reviews he received!
Scott in the Murray Archive
The John Murray Archive contains letters to John Murray II and handwritten drafts of his reviews.
Scott is also frequently mentioned in the papers of authors Lord Byron, James Hogg and Washington Irving, the publisher Archibald Constable, and the critics James Gibson Lockhart and John Ruskin.
Highlights in the John Murray Archive