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Overview

Ben-Hur could be said to be the first American blockbuster. When it was published in 1880, it sold over two million copies and was translated into numerous languages. It combines all the best elements of popular classic, epic, and action stories against a background of authoritative historical detail. The pace and immediacy of Ben-Hur was the basis of its appeal to filmmakers—Charlton Heston's portrayal of the title role became one of the classics of the cinema. Wallace's original novel has been largely forgotten now, but as this reading shows, the story, together with the sweeping rhythm of the writer's prose, make it ideally suited to audio.

This novel is part of Brilliance Audio's extensive Classic Collection, bringing you timeless masterpieces that you and your family are sure to love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781511334129
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication date: 01/26/2016
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.67(d)

About the Author

Lew Wallace (1827–1905) was a lawyer from Indiana who fought as a general on the side of Union in the Civil War, became governor of the New Mexico Territory, as well as being a widely successful author. Today he is best known for his bestselling epic tale Ben-Hur, published in 1880.

Table of Contents

Introduction vii(17)
Note on the Text xxiv(1)
Select Bibliography xxv(2)
A Chronology of Lew Wallace xxvii
BEN-HUR
1(521)
Explanatory Notes 522

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