Benjamin Disraeli and John Murray: The Politician, The Publisher and The Representative
Regina Akel is a Chilean biographer and literary translator who holds a PhD in English Literature from the University of Warwick; her work includes a literary biography of travel writer Maria Graham and translations into Spanish of Conrad and Orwell.
"Intended as a rival to The Times, The Representative, established in 1825, only lasted some six months before it failed, costing the publisher, John Samuel Murray, heavy financial loss. Drawing on material held in the Bodleian Library and the National Library of Scotland, the scholarly Chilean author presents, in mellifluous English, a sequence of events that sheds new light on matters that led to estrangement between the Disraeli and Murray families, not least because of the duplicitous behaviour of the young Benjamin Disraeli in his dealings with John Gibson Lockhart and his cruel attack on Murray in Vivian Grey (1826). Indeed, Disraeli comes rather badly out of this fascinating story."
James Stevens Curl Times Higher Education
‘A book that will entertain and enlighten literary scholars interested in the history of newspaper publishing as well as in the life and times of the young, brash Benjamin Disraeli.’ Michel Pharand, Director, The Disraeli Project, Queen's University at Kingston
Size: 239 x 163 mm
Publication: July 15, 2016