Herman Wouk

Herman Wouk

Birth
Bronx, Bronx County, New York, USA
Death 17 May 2019 (aged 103)
Palm Springs, Riverside County, California, USA
Burial Elmont, Nassau County, New York, USA
Memorial ID 189188242 · View Source
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Author, Playwright, Motion Picture Screenwriter. He was the recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his novel "The Caine Mutiny" (1951). The story was adapted into both a successful Broadway play and motion picture. Additionally, his novels "The Winds of War" (1971) and "War and Remembrance" (1978) became best sellers, as well as popular TV miniseries (1983 and 1988 to 1989) which starred Robert Mitchum. Born into a Russian Jewish family, he was raised in a religious household and influenced by his conservative grandfather. Wouk studied at Columbia University and while there, he served as the school's humor magazine editor, prior to receiving his Bachelor of Arts. He acquired experience in the entertainment industry as a scriptwriter for comedian Fred Allen, on his radio program and later held a government position, prior to joining the United States Navy during World War II. During this experience, he served in the South Pacific Theatre, where he was assigned to a destroyer/minesweeper vessel. It would be during this period, when Wouk pondered on story lines for future novels. Following his return home, he focussed fully on writing and penned his first novel "Aurora Dawn." (1947) This was followed with "City Boy" (1948), which was loosely based on Wouk's youth. He penned the screenplay for the film "Slattery's Hurricane" (1949), which was made into a novel adaptation in 1956. It would be "The Caine Mutiny" (1951) for which earned Wouk an immortal place in American Literature. The film which starred Humphrey Bogart and Fred MacMurray became a box-office hit and received several Academy Award nominations. Henry Fonda would star in the Broadway adaptation (1954 to 1955). His other works include "Marjorie Morningstar" (1955), "This Is My God: The Jewish Way of Life" (1959) and "The Glory." (1994)

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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Herman Wouk (27 May 1915–17 May 2019), Find A Grave Memorial no. 189188242, citing Beth David Cemetery, Elmont, Nassau County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .