Ben Hur Author:Lew Wallace Of a man of varied accomplishments who has led a life full of interest and adventure, it is often said, "He could write a book." Usually this is one of the few things that such a man could not do, if only for lack of time. "Real life" and the life of the imagination tend to crowd each other out. Lives of authors are usually among the dullest;... more » and men of action have little time, and often little gift, for writing. Occasionally, however, a man whose life is filled with action and public acclaim is able to direct his energy into the writing of at least one book that makes a public appeal, during and after his lifetime, that is equal to the impact of his personality and achievement on the time and places in which he moved. Such a man was General Lewis Wallace ("Lew" Wallace by popular agreement with his own wish), whose life would have provided almost as many episodes for the stage, screen, or story as the one close-packed and fast-moving story by which, since he wrote it in 1880, he has been known around the world.