Wouk, Herman, 1915-....

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Birth 1915-05-27
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American author.

From the description of Manuscripts, n.d. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122602658

Author.

From the description of Papers of Herman Wouk, 1931-1996. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 71132672

Herman Wouk (1915- ) is an American author of novels and plays. He won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1952 for The Caine Mutiny.

From the guide to the Herman Wouk papers, 1951-1953, (The New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division.)

Herman Wouk, perhaps best known for his Pulitzer Prize winning book, "The Caine Mutiny", is a prolific author and enthusiastic supporter of Jewish culture. Wouk was born in the Bronx on May 27, 1915 to Abraham Isaac and Esther (neé Levine) Wouk, Russian Jewish immigrants. Wouk attended Townsend Harris Hall and continued his education at Columbia University, where he graduated with a B.A. with general honors in 1934. His interest in writing expanded during his collegiate years and he took advantage of the literary opportunities afforded on campus. He wrote for the "Spectator" all four years as well as the campus humor magazine, "The Jester", becoming editor-in-chief his senior year. Wouk also made a name for himself from his popular variety shows, such as the 1932 one co-written with Arnold Auerbach entitled "How Revolting."

After graduation, Herman Wouk continued to employ his comedic skills and was a staff writer for comedian Fred Allen. However, with the onset of World War II, Wouk traveled to Washington D.C. in order to use his talent to support the war effort. He wrote promotional radio scripts for the United States Treasury Department in 1941 to entice Americans to purchase more war bonds. Wouk also began to compose other radio plays featuring soldiers and military themes. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, Herman Wouk joined the United States Navy where he served on a destroyer minesweeper called the U.S.S. Zane in the Pacific. Wouk's free time was spent writing within a broad spectrum of genres. He penned poems praising the work of the faceless individuals involved in the war, radio and play scripts, and the beginnings of his novel, "Aurora Dawn", published in 1946 after he was discharged. While in the Navy, Wouk married Betty Sarah Brown on December 9, 1945. They had three sons, the first of whom died in childhood.

Herman Wouk continued to produce a stream of books, articles, essays, and plays. Two years after his first novel, Wouk's second "The City Boy" was published. This was followed by "The Caine Mutiny", a book partially culled from Wouk's war experience and which became his first number one bestseller. The accolades did not stop and "The Caine Mutiny" won the Pulitzer Prize in 1952. Other titles followed, "Marjorie Morningstar" (1955), "Youngblood Hawke" (1962), "Don't Stop the Carnival" (1965), "The Winds of War" (1971), "War and Remembrance" (1978), "Inside, Outside" (1985), "The Hope" (1993), and "The Glory" (1994). Wouk has also written two studies on the history and the culture of Judaism, "This Is My God" (1959) and "The Will to Live On" (2000).

The life of "The Caine Mutiny" continued to expand for in 1954, Wouk reworked the text into a play, "The Caine Mutiny Court Martial". This production toured throughout the United States and spawned further iterations, including a televised production, a film, and a recent Broadway revival. Other books that had extended public lives were "The Winds of War" and "War and Remembrance". Both of these novels became successful television miniseries in the 1980s.

Writing is not all that defines Herman Wouk. He is strongly committed to promoting and supporting Judaism. Wouk spent several years in the late 1950s as a visiting professor at Yeshiva University. He and his wife Betty Sarah traveled to Israel in 1955 where Wouk gave lectures, attended a performance of "The Caine Mutiny", and participated in cultural and religious ceremonies. His visit was widely covered in the press. Additionally, in the 1970s Herman Wouk endowed Beit Ephraim, a Jewish communal residence located at his alma mater, Columbia University. He continued to serve on its advisory board and, in 2002, received a Gershom Mendes Seixas Award, for outstanding contribution to Jewish life at Columbia. Herman Wouk is still writing, having published his latest novel, "A Hole in Texas", in 2004. He lives with his wife in California.

From the description of Herman Wouk papers, 1915-2003 (bulk dates 1940-1960). (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 299029206

Herman Wouk (1915- ) is an American author of novels and plays.

He won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1952 for The Caine Mutiny.

From the description of Herman Wouk papers, 1951-1953. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122532784

BIOGHIST REQUIRED Herman Wouk, perhaps best known for his Pulitzer Prize winning book, The Caine Mutiny, is a prolific author and enthusiastic supporter of Jewish culture. Wouk was born in the Bronx on May 27, 1915 to Abraham Isaac and Esther (neé Levine) Wouk, Russian Jewish immigrants. Wouk attended Townsend Harris Hall and continued his education at Columbia University, where he graduated with a B.A. with general honors in 1934. His interest in writing expanded during his collegiate years and he took advantage of the literary opportunities afforded on campus. He wrote for the Spectator all four years as well as the campus humor magazine, The Jester, becoming editor-in-chief his senior year. Wouk also made a name for himself from his popular variety shows, such as the 1932 one co-written with Arnold Auerbach entitled How Revolting.

BIOGHIST REQUIRED After graduation, Herman Wouk continued to employ his comedic skills and was a staff writer for comedian Fred Allen. However, with the onset of World War II, Wouk traveled to Washington D.C. in order to use his talent to support the war effort. He wrote promotional radio scripts for the United States Treasury Department in 1941 to entice Americans to purchase more war bonds. Wouk also began to compose other radio plays featuring soldiers and military themes. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, Herman Wouk joined the United States Navy where he served on a destroyer minesweeper called the U.S.S. Zane in the Pacific. Wouk's free time was spent writing within a broad spectrum of genres. He penned poems praising the work of the faceless individuals involved in the war, radio and play scripts, and the beginnings of his novel, Aurora Dawn, published in 1946 after he was discharged. While in the Navy, Wouk married Betty Sarah Brown on December 9, 1945. They had three sons, the first of whom died in childhood.

BIOGHIST REQUIRED Herman Wouk continued to produce a stream of books, articles, essays, and plays. Two years after his first novel, Wouk's second The City Boy was published. This was followed by The Caine Mutiny, a book partially culled from Wouk's war experience and which became his first number one bestseller. The accolades did not stop and The Caine Mutiny won the Pulitzer Prize in 1952. Other titles followed, Marjorie Morningstar (1955), Youngblood Hawke (1962), Don't Stop the Carnival (1965), The Winds of War (1971), War and Remembrance (1978), Inside, Outside (1985), The Hope (1993), and The Glory (1994). Wouk has also written two studies on the history and the culture of Judaism, This Is My God (1959) and The Will to Live On (2000).

BIOGHIST REQUIRED The life of The Caine Mutiny continued to expand for in 1954, Wouk reworked the text into a play, The Caine Mutiny Court Martial. This production toured throughout the United States and spawned further iterations, including a televised production, a film, and a recent Broadway revival. Other books that had extended public lives were The Winds of War and War and Remembrance. Both of these novels became successful television miniseries in the 1980s.

BIOGHIST REQUIRED Writing is not all that defines Herman Wouk. He is strongly committed to promoting and supporting Judaism. Wouk spent several years in the late 1950s as a visiting professor at Yeshiva University. He and his wife Betty Sarah traveled to Israel in 1955 where Wouk gave lectures, attended a performance of The Caine Mutiny, and participated in cultural and religious ceremonies. His visit was widely covered in the press. Additionally, in the 1970s Herman Wouk endowed Beit Ephraim, a Jewish communal residence located at his alma mater, Columbia University. He continued to serve on its advisory board and, in 2002, received a Gershom Mendes Seixas Award, for outstanding contribution to Jewish life at Columbia. Herman Wouk is still writing, having published his latest novel, A Hole in Texas, in 2004. He lives with his wife in California.

From the guide to the Herman Wouk Papers, 1915-2003, [Bulk Dates: 1940-1960]., (Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library, )

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Subjects:

  • Jewish women in literature
  • Manuscripts--English
  • Trials (Naval offenses)
  • Judaism
  • Mutiny
  • City children
  • Judaism--Customs and practices
  • Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945), in literature
  • American literature--20th century
  • World War, 1939-1945--Fiction
  • Judaism--Relations
  • World War, 1939-1945--Jews
  • Military occupation in literature

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