Herman Wouk, Best-Selling Novelist With a Realist’s Touch, Dies at 103. (The New York Times, 5/17/2019)
A whipping boy for reviewers who at best grudgingly acknowledged his narrative skill, Mr. Wouk (pronounced woke) enthralled millions of readers in search of a good story, snappy dialogue and stirring events, rendered with a documentarian’s sense of authenticity and detail.
The critics could be brutal. “He can compete with the worst of television because he is the worst of television, without the commercials,” Stanley Edgar Hyman wrote in 1966, describing Mr. Wouk’s readers as “yahoos who hate culture and the mind.”
Wouk doesn't take up much library shelf space anymore.
Photos by Retiring Guy
(taken at Madison Central Library)
But then, neither do some of his fat-book contemporaries.
James Michener, for one.
Leon Uris, for another.
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