Mark Twain, Thomas Paine, Leo Tolstoy, Lew Wallace, George MacDonald, H.G. Wells, Upton Sinclair, Jack London, Herman Melville & Wilkie Collins An anthology of 50 classic books with an active table of contents to make it easy to quickly find the book you are looking for.
"The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" by Mark Twain
"Adventures of Tom Sawyer" by Mark Twain
"The Age of Reason" by Thomas Paine
"Anna Karenina" by Leo Tolstoy
"Armadale" by Wilkie Collins
"At the Back of the North Wind" by George Mac Donald
"The Beast in the Jungle" by Henry James
"Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ" by Lew Wallace
"The Border Legion" by Zane Grey
"The Call of the Wild" by Jack London
"Common Sense" by Thomas Paine
"David Copperfield" by Charles Dickens
"The Deerslayer" by James Fenimore Cooper
"The Education of Henry Adams" by Henry Adams
"Fanny Hill: Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure" by John Cleland
"The First Men in the Moon" by H.G. Wells
"Great Expectations" by Charles Dickens
"The House of Seven Gables" by Nathaniel Hawthorne
"The Hunchback of Notre Dame" by Victor Hugo
"In His Steps" by Charles M. Sheldon
"The Island of Doctor Moreau" by H. G. Wells
"Jane Eyre" by Charlotte Brontë
"The Jungle" by Upton Sinclair
"Kidnapped" by Robert Louis Stevenson
"The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" by Washington Irving
"Lord Jim" by Joseph Conrad
"The Man Who Was Thursday: A Nightmare" by G. K. Chesterton
"Moby Dick; Or the Whale" by Herman Melville
"The Moonstone" by Wilkie Collins
"The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket" by Edgar Allan Poe
"North and South" by Elizabeth Gaskell
"Oliver Twist" by Charles Dickens
"Persuasion" by Jane Austen
"The Pioneers" by James Fenimore Cooper
"The Prince" by Nicolo Machiavelli
"Ragged Dick: Street Life in New York with the Boot-Blacks" by Horatio Alger
"The Red Badge of Courage: An Episode of the American Civil War" by Stephen Crane
"Roughing It" by Mark Twain
"The Sea-Hawk" by Raphael Sabatini
"Sense and Sensibility" by Jane Austen
"Sister Carrie" by Theodore Dreiser
"The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Charles Dickens, Lew Wallace, Victor Hugo & Herman Melville An anthology of 10 classic epics with an active table of contents to make it easy to quickly find the book you are looking for.
Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ by Lew Wallace Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky David Copperfield by Charles Dickens Don Quixote by Miquel de Cervantes Hung Lou Meng - Book 1 by Cao Xueqin Hung Lou Meng - Book 2 by Cao Xueqin Les Miserables by Victor Hugo Moby Dick; or The Whale by Herman Melville The Iliad by Homer (Translated by Samuel Butler) Varney the Vampire by Thomas Preskett Prest War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
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Lew Wallace Called "the most influential Christian book of the nineteenth century," Ben-Hur A Tale of the Christ was a best-seller in the 1880s, eclipsing the sales of Uncle Tom's Cabin and, later, Gone With the Wind to become the best-selling American novel of all time. The story recounts the adventures of Judah Ben-Hur, a fictional Jewish prince from Jerusalem, who is enslaved by the Romans at the beginning of the 1st century and becomes a charioteer and a Christian. Parallel with Judah's narrative is the unfolding story of Jesus, who comes from the same region and is a similar age. The novel reflects themes of betrayal, conviction, and redemption, with a revenge plot that leads to a story of love and compassion.
This new digital edition of Ben-Hur A Tale of the Christ includes an image gallery and links to a free unabridged audio recording of the novel.
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‘The happiness of love is in action; its test is what one is willing to do for others.’
In first-century Judea, Jewish prince Judah Ben-Hur is falsely accused of assassinating a Roman governor, and sentenced to life as a galley slave. His fortunes are reversed when he saves the captain’s life and he returns, determined to seek his revenge against those who have brought misfortune to both himself and his family. His life becomes intertwined with that of Christ’s, and after witnessing His teachings and eventual crucifixion Ben-Hur discovers the redemptive power of forgiveness.
The bestselling American novel of the nineteenth century, ‘Ben-Hur’ had never been out of print on the hundredth anniversary of its publication in 1980. After numerous stage and film adaptations, it remains hugely influential today, and is soon to be a new major adaptation.
‘Compared with other romances . . . Ben-Hur easily passes them all, by a vitality which has a touch of genius.’ Carl Van Doren
About the author
Lewis Wallace, born in Indiana in 1827, was an American lawyer, general in the American Civil War, governor, politician, diplomat and author. Before his death in 1905 he wrote numerous novels and biographies, but is most famous for his second novel, ‘Ben-Hur’ (1880), a bestseller that is often referred to as the ‘most influential Christian book of the nineteenth century’.
Lew Wallace & Tim LaHaye One of the most popular American novels of all time, General Lew Wallace’s Ben-Hur vividly reimagines the mighty Roman Empire and the rise of Christianity. The saga of Judah Ben-Hur’s spiritual journey from slavery to vengeance to redemption is both a vivid historical adventure and a powerful story of one man’s religious awakening. As Blake Allmendinger writes in his Introduction to this Modern Library Paperback Classic, “Ben-Hur has endured for more than one hundred years because it offers something for everyone. The story of the Jewish hero Ben-Hur, his conflict with the Roman warrior Messala, and his conversion to Christianity at the foot of the Cross, combines adventure, sentimentality, athletic spectacle, and religious devotion.”
Lew Wallace The most famous work of Civil War general Lew Wallace, Ben-Hur tells the story of compassion and forgiveness. The epic follows Judah Ben-Hur--a Jewish man falsely accusted of trying to kill a man--as he rebuilds his life.
Lew Wallace At the beginning of the 1st century Judah Ben-Hur and his family are enslaved by the Romans. Once freed Ben-Hur sets on a quest for vengeance against who enslaved him—his childhood friend, the Roman citizen Messala.
Lew Wallace Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ is a novel by Lew Wallace published for the first time in 1880.
Considered "the most influential Christian book of the nineteenth century", it was the best-selling American novel from the time of its publication, superseding Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852).
Following release of the 1959 MGM film adaptation of Ben-Hur, which was seen by tens of millions and won 11 Academy Awards in 1960, book sales surpassed Gone with the Wind.
The story recounts the adventures of Judah Ben-Hur, a Jewish prince and merchant in Jerusalem in the 1st century. Judah's childhood friend Messala returns home as an ambitious commanding officer of the Roman legions. During a military parade, a tile falls from the roof of Judah's house and barely misses the Roman governor.
Although Messala knows that they are not guilty, he condemns the Ben-Hur family. Judah is sent to the Roman galleys for life; his mother and sister are imprisoned and all the family property is confiscated.
Jewish prince Judah Ben-Hur is betrayed by his childhood friend Messala and sentenced to life as a Roman slave. During a pirate attack in the Aegean, Ben-Hur saves the life of a galley commander, his fortunes improve and he returns to Galilee a free man. There, his quest for vengeance turns into insurrection, but his life is transformed when he witnesses Christ’s baptism by John the Baptist.
Lew Wallace Ben Hur takes place when Rome was the most powerful civilization on Earth. Young Judah Ben Hur is persecuted for his beliefs by his Roman friends and finds himself serving on a prison ship. A fateful attack by pirates sees him freed and adopted by a Roman politician. When he returns to his homeland he challenges his former friend Massala to a chariot race and becomes a follower of Jesus, making it his mission to save the Son of God from meeting an untimely fate at the hands of the Romans. Beautifully illustrated, this classic comic graphic novel captures the imagination of readers of all ages and inspires a love of literature and reading.
Lew Wallace Published in 1880, Ben-Hur is a fictionalization of the events of Christ's life, beginning with the Nativity and ending with the Crucifixion. The story uses a parallel structure to simultaneously explore the life of Judah Ben-Hur, a Hebrew prince who lived in the time of Christ. This remarkable work of historical fiction reshaped the landscape of American popular literature and prompted millions of readers to reevaluate their personal views of Christianity.
George MacDonald, G. K. Chesterton, Lew Wallace, Charles M. Sheldon, John Bunyan & Oliver Goldsmith At the Back of the North Wind, George MacDonald 1868
Ben-Hur A Tale of the Christ, Lew Wallace 1880
In His Steps, Charles M. Sheldon 1896
The Man Who Was Thursday, G. K. Chesterton 1908
The Pilgrim's Progress, John Bunyan 1678
The Vicar of Wakefield, Oliver Goldsmith 1761
Lew Wallace Lew Wallace's classic novel. This edition includes an active table of contents.
The novel was a phenomenal best-seller; it surpassed Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin as the best-selling American novel and retained this distinction until the 1936 publication of Margaret Mitchell's Gone with the Wind. In 1912, Sears Roebuck published one million copies to sell for 39 cents apiece: the largest single-year print edition in American history. The book was also the first work of fiction to be blessed by a Pope.
The novel has been adapted for film several times; most notably by director William Wyler (starring Charlton Heston), which received the Academy Award.