James Rice (writer)

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James Rice (26 September 1843 – 26 April 1882), English novelist, wrote a number of successful novels in collaboration with Walter Besant.[1]

He was born in Northampton, and was educated at Cambridge University.[2] He studied law, becoming a lawyer of Lincolns Inn in 1871. He was one of the first known people with an allergy to peanuts.

In 1868 he bought the publication Once a Week. It was loss-making, but made him acquainted with Besant. Together they had a successful collaboration, ended by Rice's death. He died in Redhill.

Works, all with Walter Besant[edit]

  • Ready-money Mortiboy (1872)
  • My Little Girl (1873)
  • With Harp and Crown (1874)
  • This Son of Vulcan (1876)
  • The Golden Butterfly (1876)
  • The Case of Mr Lucraft (1876) stories
  • The Monks of Thelema (1878)
  • By Celia's Arbour (1878)
  • 'Twas in Trafalgar's Bay (1879) stories
  • The Seamy Side (1880)
  • The Chaplain of the Fleet (1881)
  • Sir Richard Whittington (1881)
  • The Ten Years Tenant (1881) stories


  1. ^ Besant, Walter (29 April 1882). "Obituary. Mr. J. Rice". The Athenæum (2844): 540. 
  2. ^ "Rice, Samuel James (RY865SJ)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 

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