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Youngblood Hawke
 
 
Author
Herman Wouk.
Publisher Back Bay  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8.25 x 5.5 x 1.4 inches
ISBN 9780316955171
Pages/Publication Date 783/2004
Daedalus Item Code 22383
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Awarded the Pulitzer Prize for The Caine Mutiny in 1952, Herman Wouk wrote this fictional portrait of an American novelist some ten years later (and in the 1970s became even better known for his The Winds of War and War and Remembrance, both of which were turned into successful television miniseries). Tracing the journey of Arthur Youngblood Hawke from the small Kentucky mining town of his childhood to the pinnacle of literary celebrity and success in New York and Hollywood, the novel brings to life a galaxy of vivid characters while it offers one of the most sobering and enthralling portraits of a fictional literary life ever written.

"Youngblood Hawke is a tremendous novel, rich and meaty, full of wisdom and pain…. It's the veritable Big Balzac—the elusive challenge that American writers from Dreiser to today's Tom Wolfe have risen to with varying degrees of success. As searing and accurate a picture of New York in the late 1940s and 1950s as The Bonfire of the Vanities was of its period, Youngblood Hawke has the added bonus of a born novelist's heart beating beneath the surface. And icing the cake are some marvelous Hollywood sections, including the best agent-in-action-on-two-telephones scene ever captured in print. My guess is that Youngblood Hawke will be around as long as people are interested in sex, money, the creation of art, and characters who continue to blaze in a reader's memory long after the last page is turned."—LATimes

 
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