Prolific writer Herman Wouk died In his Palm Springs, California home on May 17, 2019 at the age of 103 just 10 days from turning 104.
The award winning author was best known for his works “The Caine Mutiny” and “The Winds of War”.
He was presented with the Pulitzer Prize for “The Caine Mutiny.
Wouk himself reworked “Winds of War” into an Emmy Award winning mini series that drew some of the highest ratings in television history. Wouk himself even appeared in the series as an Archbishop.
Nearly two dozen of his works were rewritten for film and television productions beginning with “The Traitor” in 1950. Other works include “The Caine Mutiny” in several languages, “Marjorie Morningstar”, “The Winds of War”, and “War and Remembrance”.
Wouk even paired up with the “Margaritaville” singer Jimmy Buffet to pen a musical.
Writing until his death, Wouk penned his memoir at the of 100.
He was born on May 27, 1915 in New York City to a Russian Jewish family. After the Japanes bombed Pearl Harbor, Wouk enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he served in the Pacific. It was there that he published his first novel “Aurora Dawn”.
A devout Jew, Wouk studied Talmud and even taught classes in Talmud. The Jewish Book Council presented Wouk with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
The Library of Congress presented Wouk with their inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award for his Fiction Writing.
Predeceased by his agent and wife of over 65 years Betty and son Abraham, Wouk is survived by sons Nathaniel and Joseph.
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