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The Nuttall Encyclopedia
Besant, Sir Walter
A man of letters, born at Portsmouth; eminent chiefly as a novelist of a healthily realistic type; wrote a number of novels jointly with James Rice, and is the author of "French Humourists," as well as short stories; champion of the cause of Authors versus Publishers, and is chairman of the committee; b . 1838.
Wood, James, ed. Entry for 'Besant, Sir Walter'. The Nuttall Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/nut/b/besant-sir-walter.html. Frederick Warne & Co Ltd. London. 1900.