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Early American Fiction Collection

EAF Author: Lew Wallace (1827-1905)

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Lew Wallace was born in Indiana. He served in the Mexican War, and then embarked upon a legal career. When the Civil War broke out, Wallace rejoined the Federal army, and rose to the rank of Major General. He later served as governor of Utah (1878-1881) and U. S. minister to Turkey (1881-1885). As an author, Wallace is best remembered for his novel Ben-Hur, A Tale of the Christ (the basis for the famous film). Few of his other literary works were as popular.

Contemporary Biographies

From Oscar Fay Adams, A Dictionary of American Authors (1901)

From Samuel Austin Allibone, A Critical Dictionary of English Literature (1900)