“A gleaming memoir of a well-lived lifetime of literature, repute, and love” (Booklist) by means of one among America’s so much loved authors, as he seems again over his a hundred years.
In this amazing memoir “full of event, wit, colour, and aspect” (Jewish Journal), Herman Wouk ultimately displays at the existence reviews that encouraged his so much enduring novels. With a tone that's “generous and hot” (The Boston Globe), he tells of his days writing for comic Fred Allen’s radio express, the most renowned indicates within the background of the medium; enlisting within the US army in the course of international battle II; falling in love with Betty Sarah Brown, the lady who could develop into his spouse (and literary agent) for sixty-three years; writing his Pulitzer Prize–winning novel, The Caine Mutiny; in addition to an incredible hit Broadway play and an both giant Broadway flop; and the magnificent inspirations and other people in the back of such masterpieces as The Winds of War, War and Remembrance, Marjorie Morningstar, and Youngblood Hawke.
Written with the knowledge of a “trailblazing centenarian charmer” (Buffalo News) and the wit of somebody who started his occupation as specialist comedy author, Sailor and Fiddler is an unparalleled mirrored image on writing and faith—“a stunning coda to the profession of a guy who made American literature a kinder, smarter, larger position” (NPR).
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He took Allen’s letter from me with a bored air, glancing from the letter again to me, and commenced to snigger and giggle. “Fred Allen, eh? What’s he like? Is he humorous in actual existence? ” I gave him a hearty sincere solution. “Five years, eh? And now you’re utilizing for Naval Reserve education? ” With that, so aid me, he swivels round and kinds out on a central authority shape my unencumber from the military draft. “What’s in a reputation? ” says lovesick Juliet. “That which we name a rose by way of the other identify may scent as sweet . . . ” again on the eco-friendly desk, the place the 5 officials nonetheless sat, through now having a look weary, I passed the draft free up to the senior officer. He raised his eyebrows over it. “Well done,” he allowed himself to claim. fact to inform, I don’t a lot bear in mind the remaining. bear in mind, all this occurred seventy-two years in the past. i used to be in. That i will let you know. within the usa Naval Reserve, due to the identify of Fred Allen, with one foot firmly planted on a treadmill to Literature. bankruptcy now not That attention-grabbing anyone Aurora sunrise THAT a trifling GAGMAN like me may ever write a booklet in any respect, not to mention a unique, was once no longer in my plans or my goals. My imprecise speedy plan, as I went to sea, was once to put in writing Broadway performs and produce again a sheaf while peace got here. I did write one aboard the loo B. Floyd, the freedom send during which I sailed to the South Pacific; twenty-seven days with out sighting land, all types of time. at the U. S. S. Zane (DMS 14), the outdated destroyer-minesweeper to which I mentioned, I wrote a moment play, a 3rd, begun a fourth and halted. This was once unlike writing Fred Allen skits in any case. If I had a flair for Broadway leisure, it used to be now not surfacing. What, then? I had laughed out loud simply puzzling over the plot and the name for the fourth play, Aurora sunrise. Aurora sunrise was once a cleaning soap. The plot involved a radio preacher who soared to such astronomic scores that he might tangle head-on with the bullying know-nothing cleaning soap mogul and his craven admen, and be triumphant. I don’t recognize why i made a decision to begin over and write this gagman fable as a unique. To at the present time i actually don’t. I had no such critical aspirations. On graduating from collage I had written a few New Yorker tales that hadn’t offered, and that were that. The jokes for the Gag Czar had paid good. The Fred Allen jokes had earned me Saks 5th street outfits, a roof clear of my mom and dad’ domestic, and bread: that's to claim, consuming on Fred’s tab at Joe’s, and the place I pleased in New York’s superb eating places. in other places i've got written that this flip to fiction got here from my examining Don Quixote on the time. I good, can be. it could possibly even be that for as soon as i used to be now not writing for a residing; in spite of everything, the army used to be feeding, garments, and sheltering me. I be mindful beginning Aurora sunrise, the radical, as sheer enjoyable, taking the mock-heroic voice of Henry Fielding and capering round in it with sophomoric exuberance. the 1st web page used to be scrawled at the Zane in 1943 off Guadalcanal, and Aurora sunrise remains to be in print, so if my cheeky first go at fiction might curiosity the reader now, it really is there on Kindle and in paperback.