The Sword and the Pen: A Life of Lew Wallace

The Sword and the Pen A Life of Lew Wallace From fighting for the cause of freedom during the Civil War to writing of one of the best selling books of all time Lew Wallace of Indiana enjoyed a remarkable career that touched the lives of such f

  • Title: The Sword and the Pen: A Life of Lew Wallace
  • Author: Ray E. Boomhower
  • ISBN: 9780871951854
  • Page: 121
  • Format: Hardcover
  • From fighting for the cause of freedom during the Civil War to writing of one of the best selling books of all time, Lew Wallace of Indiana enjoyed a remarkable career that touched the lives of such famous figures in American history as Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S Grant, Mark Twain, James Garfield, James Whitcomb Riley, and Billy the Kid.The ups and downs of Wallace s amazFrom fighting for the cause of freedom during the Civil War to writing of one of the best selling books of all time, Lew Wallace of Indiana enjoyed a remarkable career that touched the lives of such famous figures in American history as Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S Grant, Mark Twain, James Garfield, James Whitcomb Riley, and Billy the Kid.The ups and downs of Wallace s amazing days are told in this new biography for young readers Written by award winning Hoosier historian and author Ray E Boomhower, The Sword and the Pen A Life of Lew Wallace, includes numerous photographs and illustrations of Wallace and the people he met and events he participated in during his lifetime The book also features information on historic places related to Wallace s life and times.Growing up when much of Indiana was still a wilderness, Wallace frequently fled from his classroom studies to wander the woods and fields he loved The son of an Indiana governor, Wallace became passionate about books and combat He tried to win lasting fame through service for the Union cause on the battlefield during the Civil War, but instead won honor and glory through a quieter pastime writing His novel Ben Hur A Tale of the Christ, became one of the country s best loved books and was made into two successful Hollywood films.At various times in his life, Wallace also was a lawyer, an Indiana state senator, vice president of the court martial that tried the conspirators behind the assassination of President Lincoln, governor of the New Mexico Territory during the days of outlaw Billy the Kid, and a diplomat who represented the United States in Turkey.Wallace dreamed always of glory and lived a life full of adventures, triumphs, and tragedies Through it all, he believed in himself and was never afraid to accept new challenges He remains one of the most colorful and important figures in the Hoosier State s history.

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    1. This biography of Lew Wallace was a bit dry, but very informative. It was loaned to me by a family friend after I read Ben Hur, and before I went to Crawfordsville, IN to visit Lew Wallace's study. I recommend the book to anyone interested in Lew Wallace. He was certainly more than just the author of Ben Hur -- a lawyer, a general in the Civil War, governor of the New Mexico territory, ambassador to Turkey

    2. I really enjoyed this short biography of famous Hoosier, Lew Wallace , even though it was written "for young readers" and not a middle aged guy like me. :-) I recently read Wallace's epic novel, Ben-Hur for the first time and wanted to read more about the author and bought this book via without knowing it was for younger readers. Great bibliography at the end which I will certainly pillage for future reading.

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