Posted on 05/17/2019 at 04:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Author Herman Wouk, best known for The Caine Mutiny, has died at the age of 103.

Though that novel won a Pulitzer Prize, achieved bestseller status, and became both a play and a movie (starring Humphrey Bogart), it may not have been his most significant contribution to literature.

Jonathan Karp, president and publisher of Simon & Schuster and editor of Wouk's last book, describes him as “the Jackie Robinson of Jewish American fiction” in NPR’s obituary of Wouk.

“He was on the cover of Time magazine for Marjorie Morningstar, and he popularized a lot of themes that other writers ... would deal with in their novels,” Karp said.

Wouk's New York Times obituary also notes that his works could be found on the bestseller list for most of his career, which extended past his 100th birthday.

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