Herman Wouk, Pulitzer-prize winning author known for “The Winds of War” and “Marjorie Morningstar” died May 17. He was 103.
According to NPR, Wouk died in his sleep in his home in Palm Springs.
Wouk was one of the major writers to write about World War II and the first to bring Jewish stories to a general audience. He won the Pulitzer in 1952 for his navy drama “The Caine Mutiny”
His work has been adapted for film and television. He also worked with Jimmy Buffett to adapt his 1965 novel “Don’t Stop the Carnival” into a stage play.
Wouk’s Jewish identity remained strong throughout his career. “Marjorie Morningstar” became one of the first million-selling books about the Jewish experience. He also set his novels “The Hope” and “The Glory” in Israel. In 1959 he published “This Is My God” which outlines key practices of Judaism. In 1999 he was awarded the Lifetime Literary Achievement Award by the Jewish Book Council.
Jonathan Karp, president and publisher of Simon & Schuster told NPR that Wouk “really was the Jackie Robinson of Jewish American fiction.”
Karp, who also edited Wouk’s last memoir “Sailor and Fiddler” added that Wouk “was on the cover of Time magazine for “Marjorie Morningstar,” and he popularized a lot of themes that other writers like [Saul] Bellow and [Philip] Roth and [Bernard] Malamud, would deal with in their novels.”
Many went to Twitter to mourn the loss of the iconic World War II writer who would have turned 104 on May 27.
Herman Wouk, Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Caine Mutiny and many more, has died at age 103. One of those people I'd always hoped to meet. May his memory be a blessing.
— (((Yair Rosenberg))) (@Yair_Rosenberg) May 17, 2019
“The beginning of the end of War lies in Remembrance.”—Herman Wouk. Hugely important novelist for me; he should be read forever. https://t.co/LJUVFwoC21
— Jon Meacham (@jmeacham) May 17, 2019
— Tina Jordan (@TinaJordanNYT) May 17, 2019
We mourn the death of Herman Wouk at age 103, a giant of American literary history. Among his many masterpieces was The Caine Mutiny.
— Steve Forbes (@SteveForbesCEO) May 17, 2019
Herman Wouk has died at the age of 103 and if I had my act together, I would be pitching editors on an appreciation, but a very narrow one, on Marjorie Morningstar. Instead, I'll thread.
— Laura Lippman (@LauraMLippman) May 17, 2019