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Each year as part of the museum exhibit, we produce a booklet that is available for purchase in our gift shop. In 2015 we created ebooks from all of the booklets. Those are now available for purchase at Amazon.com. We also have a booklet excerpted from Lew Wallace’s autobiography, “How I Came to Write Ben-Hur.” E-books now available include:
Collective Influence: The Wallace Women – 2007 exhibit booklet
Lew Wallace: Gentleman Scientist – 2008 exhibit booklet
Embattled: General Lew Wallace’s Leadership in the Civil War – 2009 exhibit booklet (written by Wallace Scholar Gail Stephens)
Courage and Conflict: Lew Wallace in 1862 – 2012 exhibit booklet
Vindication: Lew Wallace in 1864 – 2014 exhibit booklet
Trials and Tribulations – 2015 exhibit booklet
How I Came to Write Ben-Hur by Lew Wallace
Museum staff is currently in the process of editing and formatting Lew and Susan Wallace’s books. We will be reissuing each title as it is finished, with the project culminating in a 2016 exhibit on the Golden Age of Hoosier Authors. Because Lew’s books are currently more widely available than Susan’s, we have chosen to focus on releasing her books first.
Susan’s first book, The Storied Sea, is currently available in paperback or e-book format through Amazon. The Storied Sea is the record of Susan’s 1881 trip with Lew to the Ottoman Empire. (Also available as a Kindle e-book.)
Susan’s second book is Land of the Pueblos. In the late 1870s, Susan traveled with Lew to Santa Fe and wrote a series of dispatches to the press back East. Land of the Pueblos is a collection of her articles on various topics, including the history of New Mexico, the climate, the geography, and the many cultures who settled there. (Also available as a Kindle e-book.)
A short Christmas story by Susan is also now available. Ginevra, originally published in 1886, is the story of a happy young noblewoman, the men who courted her, the father who loved her, and the tragic fate that awaited her. Our edition is published with the original illustrations by Lew Wallace. (Also available as a Kindle e-book.)
The Repose in Egypt: A Medley is Susan’s account of her visit to Egypt, generously supplemented with Egyptian history and religious mythology surrounding Jesus, Joseph, and Mary’s flight to Egypt. During Susan’s own ‘repose,’ she and her fellow travelers tell each other stories, which are also related here. (Also available as a Kindle e-book.)
Along the Bosphorus and Other Sketches, published in 1898, is Susan E. Wallace’s travelogue and reminiscences of her travels along the Bosphorus and to Italy and England. (Also available as a Kindle e-book.)
The Fair God, or, The Last of the ‘Tzins, was Lew Wallace’s first novel. It is an account of the Spanish conquest of the Aztecs and was researched and written over the period of about twenty years. Published in 1873, it was successful enough to encourage him to continue writing. (Also available as a Kindle e-book.)
The Study’s Bicentennial Edition of Ben-Hur is now available in paperback.
More of Lew Wallace’s writings are forthcoming. Lew’s campaign biography of Benjamin Harrison is nearly completed and will be followed by a special paperback edition of Lew’s autobiography.
1959 Ben-Hur – Stars Charlton Heston, Stephen Boyd – 50th Anniversary DVD
2013 Ben-Hur mini-series – Stars Joseph Morgan, Stephen Campbell Moore
2016 Ben-Hur – Stars Jack Huston, Toby Kebbell
Lew Wallace: Shiloh Soldier | Ben-Hur Bard – Emmy-nominated documentary of Lew Wallace produced by WTIU Bloomington
The Sword and the Pen: A Life of Lew Wallace by Ray E. Boomhower
One of the best-selling items in our on-site gift shop, Boomhower’s biography of Lew Wallace is an excellent general biography. Written for a high-school audience, it is a thoroughly researched and well-written account of Wallace’s life.
The Shadow of Shiloh: Major General Lew Wallace in the Civil War by Gail Stephens
Published in 2010, this won the Civil War Forum of New York City’s William Henry Seward Award for best Civil War biography of 2011. Author Gail Stephens volunteered for many years at Monocacy National Battlefield. In 2002, she won the National Park Service’s E.W. Peterkin award for her contributions to public understanding of Civil War history. She frequently lectures about Lew Wallace and Civil War history. We highly recommend this book to all Civil War buffs interested in Lew Wallace.
“My Greatest Quarrel With Fortune”: Major General Lew Wallace in the West, 1861-1862 by Charles G. Beemer
Wallace Scholar Chuck Beemer’s recent study of Lew Wallace’s early Civil War career has been nominated for the Midwestern History Association’s 2016 Jon Gjerde Prize for the Best Book in Midwestern History. Painstakingly researched and written with an in-depth understanding of Wallace’s character, this book is a must-have for Civil War buffs.
Lew Wallace, Boy Writer by Martha E. Schaaf – Volume 3 in the Young Patriots Series
This biography is read by many Montgomery County fourth graders before their school field trip to the museum.
Lew’s great-great-granddaughter Carol Wallace delivers a fresh version of the bestselling novel of the 19th century by updating the language. The Collector’s Edition is beautifully annotated with photographs of our collection and Wallace’s Study, as well as historical notes pertaining to the novel.
Road Trip: A Pocket History of Indiana by Andrea Neal
This slim volume, published in celebration of the bicentennial of Indiana’s statehood in 2016, is full of recommended sites to visit. Neal covers sites with historic, cultural, and natural significance, including the General Lew Wallace Study & Museum. Presented in chronological order, this collection of essays is invaluable in planning an Indiana road trip.
Our gift shop also has several items designed to be mementos of your visit. These items include postcards, bookmarks, t-shirts in moss green or burgundy, ink pens, umbrellas, travel mugs, collectible pins, a souvenir photo booklet, two styles of Christmas tree ornaments, and more. While these are not available for purchase online, you can contact the Study at 765-362-5769 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to ship your order!