Papers of Lew Wallace, 1863-1902, bulk 1883-1899.

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Wallace, Lew, 1827-1905. Papers of Lew Wallace, 1863-1902, bulk 1883-1899.

Papers of Lew Wallace, 1863-1902, bulk 1883-1899.

Manuscripts include a section of "Ben Hur," a page of Wallace's autobiography, Act II of an untitled play for the Countess of Dufferin and Ava, poems and a quotation. Letters, written by Wallace and his wife Susan treat the Civil War, national affairs, politics, and travel. Most deal with Wallace's writings, royalties, and copyrights, and with translations and dramatic adaptations of "Ben Hur." Of interest are a letter to U.S. Grant asking him to comment on battle scenes in "The fair god," and an 1863 note to Edwin M. Stanton awaiting orders. A photograph of Wallace is included.

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