- Category : 1915-births
- Type : MGE
- Profile : 6/2 - Role Model / Hermit
- Definition : Split - Small (22,35,60)
- Incarnation Cross : LAX Duality 1
American author whose best-selling 1951 novel The Caine Mutiny won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1952.
During World War II, Wouk served in the Pacific aboard the destroyer-minesweeper “Zane”. The Caine Mutiny grew out of these years, presenting the unforgettable character Captain Queeg.
Wouk’s novels are all meticulously researched, and they provide an accurate and in-depth portrait of a particular slice of the world. They are built on a belief in the goodness of man or, in the case of Marjorie Morningstar (1955), the purity of women, and revolve around moral dilemmas. Wouk wrote with little technical innovation, but his novels have been tremendously popular. Most have been made into screenplays. Popular television mini-series were based on his expansive two-volume historical novel set in World War II: The Winds of War (1971) and War and Remembrance (1978).
Wouk devoted "thirteen years of extraordinary research and long, arduous composition" to these two novels. "The seriousness with which Wouk has dealt with the war can be seen in the prodigious amount of research, reading, travel and conferring with experts, the evidence for which is to be found in the uncatalogued boxes [of his papers] at Columbia University".