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A poster for the 1901 Chicago production of “Ben-Hur” illustrates the play’s famous chariot race.

Monmouth’s William Young adapted ‘Ben-Hur’ for the stage

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A newspaper cut from 1899 depicts William Young at the time he adapted “Ben-Hur” for the stage.
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In May 1899, Young (center) met with Gen. Lew Wallace (right), author of “Ben-Hur,” outside the study at his Crawfordsville, Indiana, estate. Also present was Joseph Brooks, representing the play’s producers.

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Editor and historian for Monmouth College. Avid researcher of western Illinois history for 40 years. FB and Twitter. jrankin@monmouthcollege.edu

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