Books: Come Back a Man

"BENHUR" WALLACE — Irving McKee —University of California ($4).

Lewis Wallace failed in four schools in four years, started his first novel at the age of 16, and then (in 1843) ran away to join the Texas navy, only to be brought home again. His father a West Point graduate and onetime governor of Indiana, said to him: "I am sorry, disappointed, mortified; so, without shutting the door upon you, I am resolved that from today you must go out and earn your own livelihood. I shall watch your course hopefully."

Wallace was almost six...

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