Sir Walter Besant (1836–1901); writer and campaigner for authors' rights.
Sir Walter Besant (1836–1901; Oxford DNB); writer and campaigner for authors' rights. One of the founding members of the Society of Authors, and the first chairman of the Committee of Management and the Council. After his second tenure, resigned as Chairman of the Committee of Management on 17 December 1892, in an attempt to stop the Society being seen as a mouthpiece for Besant alone.
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Barraud, Herbert Rose. Portrait of Walter Besant. Carbon Print. Richard Bentley & Son, 1888. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Walter_Besant_by_Barraud_c1880s.jpg.
“Besant, Walter,” The History of the Society of Authors, 1884–1914, accessed March 31, 2023, http://historysoa.com/people/Besant-Walter.