WOUK, HERMAN (1915– ), U.S. novelist and playwright. The son of Russian immigrants, Wouk was born in New York City. For six years he worked as a radio writer and, when the United States entered World War II, joined the Navy as a line officer, serving in the Pacific for four years. Wouk's wartime experiences gave him the material and background for his best seller The Caine Mutiny (1951). It sold 3,000,000 copies, won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, was turned into a successful Broadway play by the author (The Caine Mutiny Court Martial, 1954), and was later made into a motion picture. Wouk's other novels include Aurora Dawn (1947), a satire on the advertising business; The City Boy (1948); Marjorie Morning-star (1955), the story of a stage-struck Jewish girl; Youngblood Hawke (1962), about the tribulations of a successful writer; and Don't Stop the Carnival (1965). A leading Orthodox layman, Wouk taught English at Yeshiva University. This Is My God
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