Busnach was a nephew of the composer Fromental Halévy. The lawsuit lasted for more than fifty years, and Busnach and his partner were not paid in full at the education The elder Busnach, an Algerian Jew, became a naturalised Italian in the time of the Deys, and was the first interpreter of the French army.
He established himself in Paris in 1835.
William – an Italian Jew born in France of an Algerian father, with a German (European way of writing the Arabic name Boujnah is a more logic explanation) surname and an English given name – was at first employed in the customs department. He subsequently devoted himself to dramatic work, writing many plays, a number of which have been successful.
They include: Les Virtuoses du Pavé, 1864. Première Fraîcheur, Paris-Revue, 1869.
Héloïse et Abélard, with music by Henry Litolff, 1872.
Forte en Gueule, Louisiana Liqueur d"Or, in collaboration with A. Liorat, music by Laurent de Rillé 1873. Kosiki, with Liorat, music by Alexandre Charles Lecocq, 1876 and with Albert Vanloo Ali-Baba, 1887. In 1867 Busnach assumed the direction of the Théâtre de l"Athénée, where several of his operettas (Fleur de Thé, etc) were performed.
Busnach is also the author of the following novels: Louisiana Fille de M. Lecoq, 1886.
Le Petit Gosse, 1889. Cyprienne Guérard, 1895, et cetera
A chapter of Vanloo"s memoirs Sur le plateau, Souvenirs d"un librettiste is about Busnach, where Vanloo described his colleague as a jovial, lively man, on close terms with all Paris, and who took delight in using strong language. This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: "William Bertrand Busnach".
Jewish Encyclopedia. 1901–1906.