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Herman Wouk

(b. 1915)


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(1915–),

New York City author, after graduation from Columbia and navy service in World War II published Aurora Dawn (1947), a mannered satire on the advertising business; The City Boy (1948), sympathetically and humorously describing a New York boy's life in the 1920s; The Caine Mutiny (1951, Pulitzer Prize), about cruelties and cowardice on a minesweeper in the Pacific war, adapted by him as the play The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial (1954); Marjorie Morningstar (1955), about a Jewish girl's quest for romance and a stage career until she settles down as a New Jersey matron; Young-blood Hawke (1962), about a young Kentucky author (perhaps partly suggested by Thomas Wolfe), who is commercially successful but destroyed as artist and person in New York; and Don't Stop the Carnival (1965), a comic novel about a resort in the Caribbean. The Winds of War (1971) and War and Remembrance (1978) are two lengthy novels comprising a saga of World World War II in its vast scope, often concentrating on Pacific operations but also vividly depicting the Holocaust. Morally serious and documented by thorough research, the novels are also popular presentations of fictive characters mingling with great historic figures and situations. The Traitor (1949) and Nature's Way (1957) are plays. The “Lomokome” Papers (1968) is a brief and minor work of science fiction, written in 1949. This Is My God (1959) is about Judaism.

Subjects: Literature.


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