Herman Wouk is an award-winning American author of fiction, non-fiction and plays. He may be the most famous for The Caine Mutiny, which won the 1952 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, but many readers in my age group will also remember his hugely popular historical novels, also about World War II, The Winds of War and War and Remembrance. The first book was made into the very popular 1983 television miniseries starring Robert Mitchum, Ali McGraw, Jan-Michael Vincent, John Houseman and Polly Bergen. Its sequel was released in 1988, with the return of Mitchum and Bergen and added others including Jane Seymour and Sharon Stone. You can check out the sequel’s full cast and crew here.
Another favorite of mine is Marjorie Morningstar, published in 1955. It’s the story of a nineteen-year-old Jewish girl from New York who dreams of becoming an actress. Warner Brothers made it into a movie in 1958, starring Natalie Wood and Gene Kelly.
Wouk has had a long career. He celebrated his 100th birthday in May 2015 when he announced the January 2016 release of his autobiographical memoir, Sailor and Fiddler – Reflections of a 100-year-Old Author. Visit Simon and Schuster here for more information about this book, which Wouk has announced will be his last.
I haven’t read everything Herman Wouk has written, but if you know me, you know how I feel about Youngblood Hawke! I think I’m about to go on a Wouk binge to catch up on what I’ve missed.
Here’s a list of Wouk’s work, taken from his website, cited below:
Bibliography (Fiction and Non-Fiction)
Sailor and Fiddler: Reflections of a 100-Year Old Author (2015)
The Lawgiver (2012)
The Language God Talks (2010)
A Hole in Texas (2004)
The Will to Live on: The Resurgence of Jewish Heritage (2000)
The Glory (1994)
The Hope (1993)
Inside, Outside (1985)
War and Remembrance (1978)
The Winds of War (1971)
The Lomokome Papers (1968)
Don’t Stop the Carnival (1965)
Youngblood Hawke (1961)
This is My God: The Jewish Way of Life (1959, revised ed. 1973)
Slattery’s Hurricane (1956)
Marjorie Morningstar (1955)
The Caine Mutiny (1951)
City Boy: The Adventures of Herbie Bookbinder (1948)
Aurora Dawn (1947)
Film & Television
War and Remembrance (1988)
The Winds of War (1983)
Marjorie Morningstar (1958)
The Caine Mutiny (1954)
Don’t Stop The Carnival (music and lyrics by Jimmy Buffett)
The Caine Mutiny Court Martial
Have you read any of Herman Wouk’s books? Which ones are your favorites?
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