Wouk's Moses narrative

Author Herman Wouk interjects himself in his latest fiction, a unique narrative to create a film about Moses.

November 15, 2012 12:50
2 minute read.

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Sixty-four years ago, Simon & Schuster published Herman Wouk’s first novel, Aurora Dawn. He went on to write 11 more novels, three plays, and three non-fiction books. In 1951, he received the Pulitzer Prize for The Caine Mutiny, later made into a popular play and movie. Marjorie Morningstar was the best-selling novel of 1955, and Youngblood Hawke, a fictional biography of Thomas Wolfe, appeared in 1961. Two popular accounts of World War II, The Winds of War (1971) and War and Remembrance (1978) were produced as a well-received TV miniseries.

Now, at the age of 97, Wouk has written an unusual novel about putting together a film dealing with the life of Moses. It is unusual in that, rather than the customary narrative, it consists of letters, memos, e-mail messages, news articles, transcripts and recorded conversations. It is also singular in that Wouk and his wife appear as characters in the book under their real names. Unfortunately she died in March 2011 while the book was being written.


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