Sir Walter Besant (1836-1901) received popularity as an English book writer and historian. Born in Portsmouth, Hampshire, Besant attended schools in Southsea, St Paul’s, Stockwell Grammar and King’s College in London. In 1859 he enrolled for a series of mathematics courses. He became a professor in mathematics at Royal College, Mauritius. He returned to England in 1867 and accepted the position of secretary for the Palestine Exploration Fund. In 1868, Besant wrote Studies in French Poetry and started his affiliation with James Rice.
Some popular books they published include The Golden Butterfly (1876) and Ready-money Mortiboy (1872). Besant became a freemason and joined the Lodge of Harmony in 1862. He accepted the Master of Dalhousie Lodge position in London during 1873. Besant became the founder of the Society of Authors in 1884. He published a range of works, for example, the Orange Girl (1899), The Rebel Queen (1893), With Harp and Crown (1875) and many others. Besant also published a series of non-fiction books.
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