James Rice

(1843—1882) novelist

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(1843–82) Novelist and journalist, educated at Queens' College, Cambridge. While editing the failing periodical Once a Week he made the acquaintance of Walter Besant, and suggested that they should collaborate: the result was Ready-Money Mortiboy (1872), the tale of a Prodigal Son who returns home ‘ten times worse than when he went away’ and ruins his father. Their successful association produced several novels and volumes of short stories. Rice also published a history of English racing in 1879.

From The Oxford Companion to English Literature in Oxford Reference.

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