Herman Wouk

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Herman Wouk CC '34 is a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer famous for the novel The Caine Mutiny.

Wouk entered Columbia College at age 16, writing for Spec and Jester. He was also a member of then then-primarily Jewish (and now defunct) Columbia chapter of the Pi Lambda Phi fraternity. Wouk graduated at age 20 with the Richard H. Fox Prize. Wouk considered Professor Irwin Edman a mentor and later dedicated a novel to him.

In the 70s, he endowed Beit Ephraim, a Jewish retreat for Columbia students.

In 1980, Wouk won the Alexander Hamilton Medal. Someone recently claimed to be selling it on eBay as a paperweight.[1]

In 1989, he served as the Columbia College Class Day speaker.

The manuscript of The Caine Mutiny is preserved in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library inside Butler Library.

Preceded by
Anthony Lewis
Columbia College Class Day Speaker 
Succeeded by
Ralph Ellison

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  1. Unfortunately, the link's now dead, so this can no longer be verified.