Lew Wallace
Date of Birth
Apr 10, 1827
Birth Place:
Brookville, IN


Lew Wallace is best known today for having written the book Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ, one of the best-selling books of the 19th century, which has been filmed three times, most famously the 1959 version by director/producer William Wyler, with Charlton Heston in the title role. Wallace's own life might have made a good movie -- several films, in fact -- except that no one would believe that...