Many years ago, the great British philosopher Sir Isaiah Berlin urged Herman Wouk to write his autobiography. Wouk responded, Ã¢ÂÂWhy me? IÃ¢ÂÂm nobody.Ã¢ÂÂ Berlin answered, Ã¢ÂÂNo, no. YouÃ¢ÂÂve traveled. YouÃ¢ÂÂve known many people. You have interesting ideas. It would do a lot of good.Ã¢ÂÂ
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 AllenÃ¢ÂÂs 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 WoukÃ¢ÂÂs memoir (Ã¢ÂÂSailorÃ¢ÂÂ) refers to his Navy experience and writing career, the second (Ã¢ÂÂFiddlerÃ¢ÂÂ) to what heÃ¢ÂÂs 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.
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.
About: In an unprecedented literary accomplishment, Herman Wouk, one of Americaâs most beloved and enduring authors, reflects on his life and times from the remarkable vantage point of 100 years old.
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