Ben-Hur: The Novel That Inspired the Epic Movie

Ben-Hur: The Novel That Inspired the Epic Movie

by Lew Wallace


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Lew Wallace’s powerful and poignant story of Judah Ben-Hur, a Jewish prince from Jerusalem living at the time of Jesus Christ, has been around for more than a century, yet it continues to attract and inspire readers to this day.      

Falsely accused of attempting to assassinate a Roman governor, Ben-Hur is enslaved and sentenced to work on a Roman galley, while his mother and sister are imprisoned and their possessions and land confiscated. Luckily, he survives when the ship is attacked by pirates, and comes home, determined to find his family and intent on revenge on the Romans. While organizing a resistance force, he journeys to see John the Baptist. After he realizes that Jesus stands for forgiveness rather than revenge, Ben-Hur becomes one of his followers and devotes his life to the church after the crucifixion.

First published in 1880, Ben-Hur became a bestselling book upon publication, and was adapted to the celebrated 1959 film of the same title, which won eleven Academy Awards. A true classic, this suspenseful and moving tale gives a glimpse of life at the turn of an era.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781620873595
Publisher: Skyhorse
Publication date: 02/01/2013
Pages: 512
Sales rank: 1,109,087
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Lew Wallace (1827-1905) was an American lawyer, governor, Union general in the American Civil War, politician, and author. Best remembered for his classic historical novel Ben-Hur, he is also the author of The Boyhood of Christ, The Prince of India, The Wooing of Malkatoon [and] Commodus, and his two-volume autobiography. Todd McLaren was involved in radio for more than twenty years in cities on both coasts, including Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. He left broadcasting for a full-time career in voice-overs, where he has been heard on more than 5,000 TV and radio commercials, as well as TV promos; narrations for documentaries on such networks as A&E, Discovery, and the History Channel; and films, including Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

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Ben-Hur: The Novel That Inspired the Epic Movie 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Mistymorn More than 1 year ago
The book has more characters than the movie can handle as usual and, of course, Hollywood had to romantize it and screw up the characters. The beautiful Esther does win in the end the handsome Judah Ben Hur but the twists and turns of the book far outway the movie. Too bad Hollywood never learns from the true artistry of the writers of the novels.