Religion: The Life of Mr. Abramson

"It was my lot to reach quite young what many people consider the dream life of America: success by my own efforts, a stream of dollars to spend, a penthouse in New York, forays to Hollywood, the companionship of pretty women, all before I was 24 ... There I was in the realms of gold . . . But even as I lived this conventional smart existence of inner show business, and dreamed the conventional dreams, it all seemed thin."

Thus Novelist-Playwright Herman Wouk, now 44, who started out as a gag writer for...

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