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‘Another like me’: The Literary Partnership of Walter Besant and James Rice

Richard Storer

in Walter Besant: The Business of Literature and the Pleasures of Reform

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781789620351
eISBN:
9781789623901
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781789620351.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

During the first ten years of his career as a novelist Walter Besant wrote fiction collaboratively with James Rice, in an unusual partnership that only ended with Rice’s death in 1882. This essay ... More


Introduction: Walter Besant Now

Kevin A. Morrison

in Walter Besant: The Business of Literature and the Pleasures of Reform

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781789620351
eISBN:
9781789623901
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781789620351.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

In the 1880s and 1890s Walter Besant was one of Britain’s most lionized living novelists. Today he is one of the least read Victorian fiction writers of comparable standing. In addition to outlining ... More


Besant and Collaboration

Kirsty Bunting

in Walter Besant: The Business of Literature and the Pleasures of Reform

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781789620351
eISBN:
9781789623901
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781789620351.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

At the heart of this chapter is the assertion that it is impossible to understand the full complexity of the nineteenth-century literary tradition without acknowledging that as the result of the ... More


Walter Besant and Copyright Reform

Mary Ann Gillies

in Walter Besant: The Business of Literature and the Pleasures of Reform

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781789620351
eISBN:
9781789623901
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781789620351.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

Walter Besant waged what some would call a relentless campaign for copyright reform in the last twenty-five years of the nineteenth century. At its core was an insistence on proper remuneration for ... More


Workers as Artists: From Copyright to the Palace of Delight in Besant’s Writings

Ayşe Çelikkol

in Walter Besant: The Business of Literature and the Pleasures of Reform

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781789620351
eISBN:
9781789623901
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781789620351.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

Walter Besant denied that there was any necessary connection between the literary and the commercial value of any given literary work, but in his fiction and nonfiction he acknowledges that literary ... More


Walter Besant: A Latter-Day Dickens?

Andrzej Diniejko

in Walter Besant: The Business of Literature and the Pleasures of Reform

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2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781789620351
eISBN:
9781789623901
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781789620351.003.0013
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter discusses the extent of Walter Besant’s indebtedness to Charles Dickens’s oeuvre. It advances the thesis that of all Victorian novelists Dickens exerted a major influence not only on ... More


Besant, Chatto, and Watt: An Income from Fiction in the 1890s

Simon Eliot

in Walter Besant: The Business of Literature and the Pleasures of Reform

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781789620351
eISBN:
9781789623901
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781789620351.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

Walter Besant was a very successful novelist in the late nineteenth century but his income never quite matched his popularity, which rose in the 1880s and slowly fell thereafter. He did not use the ... More


Altruism and the Monks of Thelema: Ideals and Realities

Geoffrey A. C. Ginn (ed.)

in Walter Besant: The Business of Literature and the Pleasures of Reform

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781789620351
eISBN:
9781789623901
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781789620351.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

The central concerns of Besant’s philanthropic novels of the 1880s were anticipated in 1878’s The Monks of Thelema: An Invention, his first sustained foray into social commentary. Although largely ... More


The Ethics of Perception and the Politics of Recognition: Walter Besant’s All Sorts and Conditions of Men

Kevin Swafford

in Walter Besant: The Business of Literature and the Pleasures of Reform

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781789620351
eISBN:
9781789623901
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781789620351.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

In All Sorts and Conditions of Men Walter Besant focuses his novelistic gaze on what he perceived as the neglected “romance” and “possibilities” of the East End of London (as opposed to its more ... More


‘I have altered nothing’: Walter Besant’s Completion of Wilkie Collins’s Blind Love

Maria K. Bachman and Don Richard Cox

in Walter Besant: The Business of Literature and the Pleasures of Reform

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781789620351
eISBN:
9781789623901
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781789620351.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

After Walter Besant completed Wilkie Collins’s unfinished novel, Blind Love (with Collins’s authorization and elaborately detailed instructions), Besant emphatically declared that he had “altered ... More


Walter Besant: The Business of Literature and the Pleasures of Reform

Kevin A. Morrison (ed.)

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781789620351
eISBN:
9781789623901
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781789620351.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

In the 1880s and 1890s, Walter Besant was one of Britain’s most lionized living novelists. Like many popular writers of the period, Besant suffered from years of critical neglect. Yet his centrality ... More


The Author Function in Walter Besant’s Fiction: The Notion of Artistic Value in the Wake of Copyright Law and the Nationalist Restructuring of the Book Trade

Alberto Gabriele

in Walter Besant: The Business of Literature and the Pleasures of Reform

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781789620351
eISBN:
9781789623901
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781789620351.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter examines the author’s function in Walter Besant’s Herr Paulus (1888) and Armorel of Lyonesse (1890). It places the representation of literary and artistic creation in Walter Besant’s ... More


Moral Perfectionism, Optatives, and the Inky Line in Besant’s All in a Garden Fair and Gissing’s New Grub Street

Tom Ue

in Walter Besant: The Business of Literature and the Pleasures of Reform

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781789620351
eISBN:
9781789623901
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781789620351.003.0012
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter argues for the importance of moral perfectionism to the life of writing depicted in Besant’s All in a Garden Fair (1883) and Gissing’s New Grub Street (1891). Scholarship by Andrew H. ... More


From Happy Individuals to Universal Sisterhood: Affective Reforms in All Sorts and Conditions of Men and Children of Gibeon

Vicky Cheng and Haejoo Kim

in Walter Besant: The Business of Literature and the Pleasures of Reform

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781789620351
eISBN:
9781789623901
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781789620351.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This essay traces the shifting frameworks of affective reform proposed by Walter Besant in two of his novels about the East End, All Sorts and Conditions of Men (1882) and Children of Gibeon (1886). ... More


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