Herman Wouk

Overview

Arnold Beichman's comprehensive study of the writings of Herman Wouk, one of America's leading writers, shows how Wouk's plays and novels exemplify an extraordinary and often highly perceptive preoccupation with American society in war and in peace. Situating Wouk in the same literary tradition as Cervantes, Richardson, Balzac, and Dickens, Beichman demonstrates that Wouk's novels have strong plots, moralist outcomes, and active-essentially positive-characters. The new introduction serves to bring Wouk's work ...
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Overview

Arnold Beichman's comprehensive study of the writings of Herman Wouk, one of America's leading writers, shows how Wouk's plays and novels exemplify an extraordinary and often highly perceptive preoccupation with American society in war and in peace. Situating Wouk in the same literary tradition as Cervantes, Richardson, Balzac, and Dickens, Beichman demonstrates that Wouk's novels have strong plots, moralist outcomes, and active-essentially positive-characters. The new introduction serves to bring Wouk's work over the past two decades into the reckoning. Making extensive use of Wouk's personal papers and manuscripts as well as personal interviews with him, Beichman's focus is on the social and literary qualities of Wouk's work. In particular, he examines eight of Wouk's twelve novels, one of his three plays; and two moral tracts on Judaism.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765808363
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/1/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 156
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

Arnold Beichman has observed and written about the Soviet Union and foreign affairs for more than three decades. A former foreign correspondent, he has been in Vietnam, the Congo, and Yemen, and has visited the Soviet Union three times. He is now a Research Fellow of the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace at Stanford University. He is the author of four books and a regular columnist for the Washington Times. Arnold Beichman has observed and written about the Soviet Union and foreign affairs for more than three decades. A former foreign correspondent, he has been in Vietnam, the Congo, and Yemen, and has visited the Soviet Union three times. He is now a Research Fellow of the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace at Stanford University. He is the author of four books and a regular columnist for the Washington Times.

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Table of Contents

1 Early influences 15
2 A good start : Aurora dawn 33
3 Caribbean carnival : a tragicomedy 51
4 The boys of summer 59
5 The Caine mutiny : authority versus responsibility 65
6 Bewitched, bothered, and bewildered : Marjorie Morningstar 77
7 Youngblood Hawke : "young man from the Provinces" 89
8 A writer and his ideas 99
9 The greatness : the war novels 113
10 Looking forward : a nonconclusion 127
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