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

Kevin A. Morrison


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 to Victorian society and culture all but ensured a revival of interest. While literary critics are now rediscovering the more than forty works of fiction that he penned or co-wrote, as part of a more general revaluation of Victorian popular literature, legal scholars have argued that Besant, by advocating for copyright reform, played a crucial role in consolidating a notion of literary property as ... More

Keywords: Walter Besant, Novelist, Social reform, Authorship, Activism, Society of Authors, London, East End

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Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781789620351
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781789620351.001.0001


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Kevin A. Morrison, editor

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