The Fair God (Illustrated)

The Fair God (Illustrated)

by Lew Wallace

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A personal experience, though ever so plainly told, is, generally speaking, more attractive to listeners and readers than fiction. A circumstance from the tongue or pen of one to whom it actually happened, or who was its hero or victim, or even its spectator, is always more interesting than if given second-hand. If the makers of history, contradistinguished from its writers, could teach it to us directly, one telling would suffice to secure our lasting remembrance. The reason is, that the narrative so proceeding derives a personality and reality not otherwise attainable, which assist in making way to our imagination and the sources of our sympathy.

With this theory or bit of philosophy in mind, when the annexed book was resolved upon, I judged best to assume the character of a translator, which would enable me to write in the style and spirit of one who not merely lived at the time of the occurrences woven in the text, but was acquainted with many of the historical personages who figure therein, and was a native of the beautiful valley in which the story is located. Thinking to make the descriptions yet more real, and therefore more impressive, I took the liberty of attributing the composition to a literator who, whatever may be thought of his works, was not himself a fiction. Without meaning to insinuate that The Fair God would have been the worse for creation by Don Fernando de Alva, the Tezcucan, I wish merely to say that it is not a translation. Having been so written, however, now that publication is at hand, change is impossible; hence, nothing is omitted,—title-page, introductory, and conclusion are given to the reader exactly as they were brought to the publisher by the author.


Boston Mass. August 8, 1873.

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BN ID: 2940148914341
Publisher: Lost Leaf Publications
Publication date: 11/12/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 2 MB

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you want to be taken back into time to to when the Incas ruled Tenochtitlan, then this is the book for you. The Fair God, written by the author of Ben-Hur and the Prince of India, is historic historical fiction at its very best.