Lew Wallace


Born
in Brookville, Indiana, The United States
April 10, 1827

Died
February 15, 1905

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Lewis "Lew" Wallace was a lawyer, governor, Union general in the American Civil War, American statesman, and author, best remembered for his historical novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ.

From Civil War Biography:

Although he would have much preferred to be remembered as a highly successful military hero, Lew Wallace has been thwarted in this ambition and is best known as an author. Born in Indiana, he had worked as a clerk and early displayed a fascination for Mexico which would affect him in later years. During the Mexican War he served as a second lieutenant in the lst Indiana but saw only minor action. In 1849 he was admitted to the bar in his native state and seven years later entered the state senate.
With the outbreak of the Civil War
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“Knowledge leaves no room for chances.”
Lew Wallace, Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ

“A word as to the pleasure there is in the thought of a Soul in each of us. In the first place, it robs death of its terrors by making dying a change for the better, and burial but the planting of a seed from which there will spring a new life.”
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“A man can carry his mind with him as he carries his watch; but like the watch, to keep it going he must keep it wound up. Of”
Lew Wallace, How I Came to Write Ben-Hur

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June 2019 Revisit the Shelf

The Princess Bride by William Goldman, 1973, 398 pages, Group read: 2015
 
  61 votes, 21.4%

The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner, 1929, 326 pages, Group read: 2011
 
  56 votes, 19.6%

Middlemarch by George Eliot, 1871, 904 pages, Group read: 2016
 
  55 votes, 19.3%

Mansfield Park by Jane Austen, 1814, 507 pages, Group read: 2012
 
  47 votes, 16.5%

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess, 1962, 192 pages, Group read: 2012, 2014
 
  46 votes, 16.1%

Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ by Lew Wallace, 1880, 620 pages, Group read: 2012
 
  20 votes, 7.0%

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