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Name: Herman Wouk  
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Date of Birth: 27th May 1915
Place of Birth: New York, New York, USA
Profession: Writer
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Herman Wouk (born May 27, 1915) is a bestselling American author, with a number of notable novels to his credit, including The Caine Mutiny, The Winds of War, and War and Remembrance.

He was born in New York City, into a Jewish family that had emmigrated from Russia, and received an A.B. from Columbia University. He was first a radio scriptwriter, and worked with Fred Allen, then in 1941 worked for the United States government on radio spots selling war bonds.

Wouk then joined the United States Navy and served in the Pacific Theater, an experience he later characterized as educational; "I learned about machinery, I learned how men behaved under pressure, and I learned about Americans." His first ship was the USS Zane, then he was second-in-command on the Southard. He started his writing career onboard, working on a novel during his off-duty hours.

He married Betty Sarah Brown in 1945, with whom he had three sons, became a fulltime writer in 1946, and published his debut novel, Aurora Dawn in 1947.

In 1952, The Caine Mutiny received the Pulitzer Prize. In 1998, he received the Guardian of Zion Award.

Wouk hired highly-qualified young historians to assist him with the research for his historical novels, so the history in them is for the most part highly accurate. Experts have also described the earlier chapters of The Caine Mutiny as one of the best depictions in print of daily life onboard a smaller US ship in the Pacific Theater of WWII.


  • The Man in the Trench Coat (1941)
  • Aurora Dawn (1947)
  • The City Boy (1948)
  • The Traitor (1949 play)
  • Modern Primitive (1951 play)
  • The Caine Mutiny (1951)
  • The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial (1953 play)
  • Marjorie Morningstar (1955)
  • Slattery's Hurricane (1956)
  • Nature's Way (1957 play)
  • This is My God: The Jewish Way of Life (1959, revised ed. 1973)
  • Youngblood Hawke (1961)
  • Don't Stop the Carnival (1965)
  • The Lomokome Papers (1968)
  • The Winds of War (1971)
  • War and Remembrance (1978)
  • Inside, Outside (1985)
  • The Hope (1993)
  • The Glory (1994)
  • The Will to Live on: The Resurgence of Jewish Heritage (2000)
  • A Hole In Texas (2004)

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