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Sailor and Fiddler: Reflections of a 100-Year-old Author
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Simon & Schuster
Publication date January 5, 2016
Pages 135
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9781501128547
ISBN-10 150112854X
Dimensions 1 by 5 by 8.25 in.
Weight 0.58 lbs.
Original list price $20.00
Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description: In an unprecedented literary accomplishment, Herman Wouk, one of America’s most beloved and enduring authors, reflects on his life and times from the remarkable vantage point of 100 years old.

Many years ago, the great British philosopher Sir Isaiah Berlin urged Herman Wouk to write his autobiography. Wouk responded, “Why me? I’m nobody.” Berlin answered, “No, no. You’ve traveled. You’ve known many people. You have interesting ideas. It would do a lot of good.”

Now, in the same year he has celebrated his hundredth birthday, Herman Wouk finally reflects on the life experiences that inspired his most beloved novels. Among those experiences are his days writing for comedian Fred Allen’s radio show, one of the most popular shows in the history of the medium; enlisting in the US Navy during World War II; falling in love with Betty Sarah Brown, the woman who would become his wife (and literary agent) for sixty-six years; writing his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Caine Mutiny; as well as a big hit Broadway play The Caine Mutiny Court Martial; and the surprising inspirations and people behind such masterpieces as The Winds of War, War and Remembrance, Marjorie Morningstar, and Youngblood Hawke.

Written with the wisdom of a man who has lived through two centuries and the wit of someone who began his career as professional comedy writer, the first part of Wouk’s memoir (“Sailor”) refers to his Navy experience and writing career, the second (“Fiddler”) to what he’s learned from living a life of faith. Ultimately, Sailor and Fiddler is an unprecedented reflection from a vantage point few people have lived to experience.

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Hardcover
Book cover for 9781410488626 Book cover for 9781501128547
 
Large print edition from Thorndike Pr (April 20, 2016)
9781410488626 | details & prices | 265 pages | 5.75 × 8.75 × 1.00 in. | 0.85 lbs | List price $31.99
About: The literary master reflects on his life and times from the unique vantage point of one hundred years of age, covering such topics as his work on Fred Allen's radio shows, his World War II military service, and the inspirations behind his written works.
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from Simon & Schuster (January 5, 2016)
9781501128547 | details & prices | 135 pages | 5.00 × 8.25 × 1.00 in. | 0.58 lbs | List price $20.00
About: In an unprecedented literary accomplishment, Herman Wouk, one of America’s most beloved and enduring authors, reflects on his life and times from the remarkable vantage point of 100 years old.
Paperback
Book cover for 9781501128554
 
Reprint edition from Simon & Schuster (January 17, 2017)
9781501128554 | details & prices | 160 pages | List price $14.00
About: “A sparkling memoir of a well-lived life of literature, fame, and love” (Booklist) by one of America’s most beloved authors, as he looks back over his 100 years.

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