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Walter BesantThe Business of Literature and the Pleasures of Reform$
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Kevin A. Morrison

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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‘Another like me’

‘Another like me’

The Literary Partnership of Walter Besant and James Rice

(p.39) Chapter Two ‘Another like me’
Walter Besant

Richard Storer

Liverpool University Press

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 examines the nine Besant and Rice novels and what is known about the partnership that produced them, including what is suggested by the intriguing portrait of the two authors painted around the time of Rice’s death. The Besant and Rice novels are often regarded as insignificant compared to Besant’s later solo work, but this essay argues that they should be considered as integral to Besant’s oeuvre and as essential for understanding of the key themes of his later work, such as social reform and authorship.

Keywords:   Walter Besant, James Rice, Once A Week, Literary collaboration, Archibald John Stuart Wortley, Ready-money Mortiboy, With Harp and Crown, The Monks of Thelema

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