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Tarkington was a widely read and prolific multiple Pulitzer Prize winning novelist and dramatist.
The story uses a tale of two families following different trajectories but linked by romance to provide a glimpse of the changes induced by industrialization and urbanization.
An epic novel set against the construction of the Union-Pacific Railroad between 1864 and 1869 and the introduction of the telegraph.
Full of wonderfully drawn characters and a central romantic thread.
Lewis "Lew" Wallace was a lawyer, governor, Union general in the American Civil War, and American statesman.
He is best remembered for Ben-Hur, an historical fiction set amongst the characters of the New Testament.
It was America's best selling novel for nearly sixty years after it's publication.
Follow the wikipedia link to see a great photo of the author.
The books tells the true story of attacks by man-eating lions on the Uganda railway in Tsavo Kenya in 1898.
Over one hundred people were killed in under a year. The attacks stopped only after the all the lions had been tracked down and killed by Patterson.
In the 1996 film The Ghost and the Darkness Val Kilmer played Patterson.
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