Sailor and Fiddler: Reflections of a 100-Year-Old Author
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Date: January 2016
Duration: 3 hours 21 minutes
Many years ago, the great British philosopher urged Herman Wouk to write his autobiography. Wouk responded, "Why me? I'm nobody." Berlin answered, "No, no. You've traveled. You've known many people. You have interesting ideas. It would do a lot of good."
In the same year he has celebrated his hundredth birthday, Herman Wouk finally reflects on the life experiences which inspired his most beloved novels. Among those experiences are his days writing for comedian Fred Allen's radio show, one of the most popular shows in the history of the medium; enlistening in the U.S. Navy during World War II; falling in love with Betty Sarah Brown, the woman who would become his wife (and literary agent) for 66 years; writing his Pulitzer Prize winning novel, The Caine Mutiny; as well as a big hit Broadway play and an equally big Broadway flop; and the inspirations and people behind such bestsellers 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, Sailor and Fiddler is an unprecedented reflection on writing and faith -- a view from a vantage point few authors have lived to see.