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Title:
The Caine mutiny : a novel of World War II
Author:
Wouk, Herman, 1915-
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Publication Information:
Boston : Little, Brown, [1992]

©1951
Physical Description:
xii, 537 pages : map ; 21 cm
Language:
English
Reading Level:
910 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 6.4 34.0 10832.

Reading Counts RC High School 9 40 Quiz: 14046 Guided reading level: NR.
ISBN:
9780316955102
Format :
Book

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Summary

The Novel that Inspired the Now-Classic Film The Caine Mutiny and the Hit Broadway Play The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial Herman Wouk's boldly dramatic, brilliantly entertaining novel of life-and mutiny-on a Navy warship in the Pacific theater was immediately embraced, upon its original publication in 1951, as one of the first serious works of American fiction to grapple with the moral complexities and the human consequences of World War II. In the intervening half century, The Caine Mutiny has become a perennial favorite of readers young and old, has sold millions of copies throughout the world, and has achieved the status of a modern classic.


Author Notes

Herman Wouk was born in New York on May 27, 1915. He received an A.B. degree from Columbia University, New York. In 1936, he became a radio scriptwriter with Fred Allen. In 1941, he served the U.S. government by producing radio broadcasts to sell war bonds. He joined the United States Navy and served in the Pacific. He began his first novel during off-duty hours at sea.

He has been a full-time writer since 1946. His debut novel, Aurora Dawn, was published in 1947. His other books include City Boy, Marjorie Morningstar, This Is My God, The Winds of War, War and Remembrance, and Sailor and Fiddler. He received the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1952 for The Caine Mutiny. He has also received the Columbia University Medal of Excellence, the Hamilton Medal, the America Academy of Achievement Golden Plate Award, the Washingtonian Award, the U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation Award, and the Kazetnik Award. The first Library of Congress Lifetime Achievement Award for the Writing of Fiction was awarded Wouk in 2008.

(Bowker Author Biography)


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On a U.S. minesweeper in the Pacific, the officers take over from their mentally unbalanced captain and face dramatic consequences when they return home.