Wouk, Herman: Inside, Outside
(researched by Gabi Goodove)

Assignment 1: Bibliographical Description

1 First edition publication information (publisher, place, date, etc.)

Herman Wouk. Inside, Outside. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1985. Copyright: Herman Wouk. 

2 First edition published in cloth, paper, or both? If both, simultaneous or staggered?


First American edition published in trade cloth binding, with dust jacket.

3 JPEG image of cover art from first edition, if available

4 Pagination

328 leaves, pp. [10] 4-15 [16] 17-20[ 21] 22-23 [24] 25-28 [29] 30-33 [34] 35-37 [38] 39-43 [44] 45-50 [51]52-54 [55] 56-61 [62] 63-67 [68] 69-77 [78] 79-82 [83] 84-87 [88] 89-93 [94] 95-98 [99] 100-107 [108] 109-115 [116] 117-123 [124] 125-136 [137] 138-145 [146] 147-157 [158] 159-162 [163] 164-167 [168] 169-177 [178] 179-184 [185] 186-189 [190] 191-194 [195] 196-202 [203,204] [205] 206-215 [216] 217-220 [221] 222-233 [234] 235-238 [239] 240-243 [244] 245-249 [250] 251-256 [257]  258-265 [266] 267-271 [2720 273-276 [277] 278-283 [284] 285-292 [293] 294-301 [302] 303-306 [307] 308-313 [314] 315-320 [321] 322-327 [328] 329-334 [335] 336-344 [345] 346-352 [353] 354-360 [361] 362-366 [367] 368-374 [375] 376-383 [384- 387] 388-397 [398] 399-407 [408] 409-413 [414] 415-422 [423] 424-431 [432] 433-442 [443] 444-449 [450] 451-459 [460] 461-464 [465] 466-470 [471] 472-480 [481] 482-487 [488] 489-493 [494] 495-499 [500] 501-505 [506] 507-511 [512] 513-517 [518] 519-524 [525] 526-534 [535] 536-542 [543] 544-547 [548] 549-554 [555] 556-560 [561] 562-567 [568] 569-576 [577] 578-585 [586] 587-593 [594] 595-605 [606] 607-609 [610] 611-615 [616] 617-622 [623] 624-632 [633] 634-637 [638] 639-644 [2].

5 Edited or Introduced? If so, by whom?

Not edited or introduced but there is an author's note: "To my sister Irene with love". As well as a biblical reference: "Rejoice, young man in your youth, and let your heart pleasure you in the days of your young manhood; and walk in the ways of your heart, and the sight of your eyes; but know that for all these God will bring you into judgement. So remove trouble from your heart and put away wrongdoing from your flesh, for boyhood and youth are a breath. -Ecclesiastes 11:9-10".

6 Illustrated? If so, by whom?

There are no illustrations.

7 JPEG image of sample illustration, if available

8 General physical appearance of book (Is the physical presentation of the text attractive? Is the typography readable? Is the book well printed?)

The presentation of the text is quite large (90R). This makes it very easy to read. Page size: 235 mm X 145mm. The size of the text is:180mm X 120mm. There are no smudges in the text. The cover is still in amazing condition. It does not look worn or used. 

9 JPEG image of sample chapter page, if available

10 Paper (Assess the original quality of the paper used for the book. Is the paper in the copy or copies you examined holding up physically over time?)

The paper is holding up very well, and is wove. It is smooth, with no tears at all.  The pages are also still very white and thick, with little to no yellowing present. 

11 Description of binding(s)

The front and back covers are bound with a light blue cloth. Front cover has faint stamp of Little, Brown and Company logo. The spine is bound with dark blue cloth. Dotted-line grain. Also on the spine: two interwoven rule lines at the top and bottom of the spine, gold stars, and the author and title reading vertically in the center of the spine. On the very bottom: the publishers name depicted horizontally . All text and designs on the spine are stamped in a shiny gold. Endpapers are rough with slight discoloration, but are still an off-white color. The dust jacket also appears to be in exceptional condition: the picture of a city which is very dark occupies the cover, with Herman Wouk detailed in white block lettering, reading horizontally. Beneath his name is the title: "INSIDE, OUTSIDE", depicted in a faint pink block lettering. and the back is a picture of Wouk. On the spine of the dust jacket is: "INSIDE, OUTSIDE" reading vertically in a faint pink, underneath which is horizontally written: "Herman Wouk" in white block lettering. Beneath the author's name is: "Little, Brown", also reading horizontally in white block lettering. On the back of the dust jacket is a black and white photograph of Herman Wouk.

12 Transcription of title page


Verso: COPYRIGHT @1981 BY HERMAN WOUK|ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. NO PART OF THIS BOOK MAY BE REPRODUCED IN|ANY FORM OR BY ANY ELECTRONIC OR MECHANICAL MEANS INCLUDING|INFORMATION STORAGE AND RETRIEVAL SYSTEMS WITHOUT PERMISSIONS IN| WRITING FROM THE PUBLISHER, EXCEPT BY A REVIEWER WHO MAY QUOTE|BRIEF PASSAGES IN A REVIEW.|FIRST EDITION|”First Fig” From Collected Poems by Edna St. Vincent Millay (Har-|per & Row Publisher’s Inc., copyright 1922 by Edna St. Vin-|cent Mllay), reprinted by permission.|LIBRARY OF CONGRESS CATALOGING IN PUBLICATION DATA|Wouk, Herman,1915-|Inside,Outside|I.Title.|PS3545.09815[space]1985[space]813’.54[space]84-26087|BP|Published Simultaneously in Canada|by Little, Brown & Company (Canada) Limited|PRINTED IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

13 JPEG image of title page, if available

14 Manuscript Holdings

Due to intensive research on Worldcat, ArchiveGrid and through Google Search, it was indicated that a holding of Wouk's manuscripts are located at Columbia Univeristy Library. The collection contains a bulk of Wouk's papers and drafts, but unfortunately there are no manuscripts for Inside, Outside.

15 Other (typograpical information from title page, etc.)

Inscribed on front flyleaf in pencil: “CHB-$35.00”

All images of book are from: 
Special Collections: University of Virginia Library, Charlottesville, Virginia, 22904-4110

Assignment 2: Publication and Performance History

1 Did the original publisher issue the book in more than one edition? If so, briefly describe distinguishing features of each (illustrations, cover art, typography, etc.); if not, enter N/A

The original publisher also issued the book in 1995 in a special edition and the 1st Back Bay paperback edition, in 1996 (DI 1 ban), and in 2004 in a reissued paperback edition.

2 JPEG image of cover art from one subsequent edition, if available

3 JPEG image of sample illustration from one subsequent edition, if available

4 How many printings or impressions of the first edition?

After detailed research in  sources such as Publisher’s Weekly, Worldcat, and Publishing History scholarly journal, there was no information found regarding the number of printings or impressions of the first edition of this novel. 

5 Editions from other publishers? If so, list their dates and publishers; if not, enter N/A

There were several other editions from other publishers:  Ebook in 2014 by RosettaBooks, in 2013 by Hodder & Stoughton, in  a reissued paperback edition in 2004 by Brown Little, by Back Bay Brooks & Brown Little, in 1996 (Di 1 ban) by Little, Brown and Company, in 1995 (The 1st Bay Back paperback edition) by Little Brown, and Co.,), in 1986, by Avon Books, in 1986 by Collins, in 1986 by Fontana, in 1986 by William Collins Sons, in a new edition in 1986 by Fontana, in 1985 by Collins, and in a special edition in 1985 by Little, Brown, and Co.

6 Last date in print?

The book is still in print as of 2013, according to Abebooks and Amazon.

7 Total copies sold? (source and date of information?)

After extensive research in sources: Hackett’s 60 Years of Bestsellers, Publisher’s Weekly, Golden Multitudes, and Tebbel’s History of American Publishing, no information was found regarding the total number of copies sold.

8 Sales figures by year? (source and date of information?)

However, I was able to locate sales figures from the year 1985 in The Bowker Annual of Library and Book Trade Information: 252,614, placing it as #15 on their list of Bestsellers in 1985.

9 Advertising copy (transcribe significant excerpts, briefly identify where ads were placed)

Advertisement from Publishers Weekly: January 8, 1985: The ad was five pages total. The first page was an identical cover to the first edition’s dust jacket: Transcribed: “The novel of a life time: Herman Wouk: Inside, Outside. The next two pages are a full spread of a city scape and the picture of the same novel cover in the right hand corner. The text at the top of the page says:
“In his most personal and revenging novel, Herman Wouck tells the wonderfully romantic, sometimes wildly funny story of a young man torn between traditions of the past and a future of risk and dazzling allure” Below this transcription are a few bullet points in much smaller text saying: “A Book-of-the-Mont Club Selection. Poster available now. Publication date: April 2, 1985 (Shipping in February). (19.45) $19.95” On the final page of the advertisement is the same photograph that is on the back of the dust jacket of the first edition. A sepia photo of Wouck. Underneath the photograph it says: “Herman Wouck’s first new novel in seven years moves on from the grand themes which have won him international acclaim- war, the fate of nations, and the indomitable spirit of a man- to a different theme and a profound one: the quest for identity in the clash between the INSIDE of family and faith, and the OUTSIDE of the glittering American dream. INSIDE, OUTSIDE sweeps through more than 60 years, from the pre-war, pre-atomic innocence of the ‘20s and ‘30s to the turbulent immediate past. Sudden tragedy, with the spectacle of a falling President, and with the secret wartime mission between Washington and Jerusalem, call forth the author’s renowned storytelling gifts. Essentially an intense, personal book of intimate things, INSIDE, OUTSIDE is a merry, poignant, sometimes (this word trails off and I cannot make it out, but it ends in –ibald) picture of the American Jewish experience, by a master at the peak of his powers”.  Below the text is the publishers name in bold: Little, Brown and Company: 34 Beacon Street, Boston, Mass. 02106. On the bottom right hand side is yet another depiction of the book with the same dust jacket cover.

10 JPEG image of sample advertisement, if available

11 Other promotion

There is some insight present on the advertisement to purchase other novelties centered around the novel: such as a poster, and also promoting the Book of The Month Club.

12 Performances in other media? If so, list media, date, title, production information; if not, enter N/A

N/A- Through IMBd / The Film Index 

13 Translations? If translated, give standard bibliographic information for each translation. If none, enter N/A

(Spanish) Wouk, Herman, and Antonio Samons. Entre Dos Mundos. Barcelona: Grijalbo, 1986. Print.

(Spanish) Wouk, Herman, and Antonio Samons. Entre Dos Mundos. Barcelona: Grijalbo, 1986. Print.

(Spanish) Wouk, Herman. Entre Dos Mundos. Barcelona: Grijalbo, 1986. Print.

(Spanish) Wouk, Herman. Entre Dos Mundos. Barcelona: Ediciones Grijalbo, 1985. Print.

 (Russian) Wouk, Herman. Vnutri, Vovne: Roman. Jerusalem: "Shamir", 1999. Print.

(Russian) Wouk, Herman. Vnutri, Vovne: Roman. Jerusalem: Sjamir, 1999. Print.

14 Serialization? If serialized, give standard bibliographic information for serial publication. If none, enter N/A

Searches in Publisher’s Weekly did not indicate the work was serialized.

15 Sequels/Prequels? Give standard bibliographic information for each. If none, enter N/A

There are no sequels or prequels to the novel as of right now: indicated through research in Publisher’s Weekly, The National Union Catalog, and Abebooks.

Assignment 3: Biographical Sketch of the Author

1 Paste your biographical sketch here (maximum 500 words)

**Please refer to the entries for The Caine Mutiny and The Winds of War for a biographical overview.** The prevalence of the Jewish voice in Wouk's work is something that has followed him throughout his career. The novel “Marjorie Morningstar” focuses on American Jewish life and sparked dialogue about Jewish presence in America, and this ideas filtered into subsequent works. Wouk served as a naval officer in World War II, and he also used these experiences to publish many bestsellers (such as “The Caine Mutiny”, and “The Winds of War” and “War and Remembrance”). There is also insight about his war experience within “Inside, Outside” centered around the failing presidency and explosion of war. The idea behind “Inside, Outside” is centered around the debate about the pessimistic state of American Judaism and the author’s optimistic portrayal. Because Wouk was raised Jewish in the Bronx, NY, many of his personal experiences come into play in the larger social tie this novel has to American Judaism in the city. The New York area has always been home to the majority of Orthodox Jews in the U.S. Certain norms were expected of those rising in the class system, which conflicted with the ideals set out in traditional Judaism, but many who immigrated as adults still adopted the American norms. The ideas of Jewish assimilation play a huge role in "Inside, Outside", with the character Israel Goodkind. The president he is an assistant to embodies some resemblance to Nixon and his relation to the Watergate scandal, thus adding political commentary. Many of Wouk’s life influences are hinted at in the novel, such as the Russian Jewish family (like his own) and the navigation through city life, like his experience in the Bronx. He ties in his cultural knowledge of the family and Judaism into a crafted tale of assimilation and politics. This novel is deemed as “close to being an outright biography as he is likely to right” (Eisenhower). The tale of Israel Goodkind reflects Wouk’s life. The ideas of staying true to his Jewish identity (aka the Inside) and the struggle with exposure to the city and the new way of life (the outside) are fleshed out. This novel was published right after his very popular novels: “The Winds of War” in 1971, and “War and Remembrance” (1978). “Inside, Outside” is different in many aspects, but war and politics still play an important role in Wouk’s storytelling, especially through American relations with Israel as is depicted in the novel. Little, Brown and Co has been publishing with Wouk since 1959 with: “This is My God: The Jewish Way of Life” and continued with Wouk after this novel with titles: “The Hope” in 1993, and “The Glory” in 1994, and “A Hole in Texas” (2004). The publication of “Inside, Outside” was right in the middle of their publishing relationship. Overall, the novel added to Wouk’s career as an American Jewish writer, and shed light on his talent to incorporate light humor into political commentary. This widens readers’ exposure to Jewish living and hardships building on previous insights in his other novels. Useful Sources: 

*Campenni, Frank. "Herman Wouk: Overview." Contemporary Novelists, by Susan Windisch Brown, 6th ed., St. James Press, 1996. Literature Resource Center,  http://link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/H1420008808/LitRC?u=viva_uva&sid= LitRC&xid=d8251430. Accessed 7 Mar. 2018

*Eisenhower, John “Wouk Hits Close To Home With His `War Of Generations`.” n.d. Tribunedigital-Chicagotribune. Accessed March 12, 2018.   http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1985-03-24/entertainment/8501160592_1_jewish-            orthodox-religion-minsk.

  *“Fiction Book Review: The Hope by Herman Wouk, Author Little, Brown and Company Inc $24.95 (693p) ISBN 978-0-316-95519-5.” n.d. PublishersWeekly.Com. Accessed March12, 2018. /978-0-316-95519-5.

*Herman Wouk - Inside, Outside. n.d. Accessed March 12, 2018. http://www.hodder.co.uk/HodderStoughton/books/detail.page?isbn=9781444776645.

*“Herman Wouk.” n.d. Biography. Accessed March 11, 2018.https://www.biography.com/people/herman-wouk-20631823.

  *“Herman Wouk.” 2016. Book Series in Order. October 4, 2016. https://www.bookseriesinorder.com/herman-wouk/.

*Lewis, Michael J. "How This Magazine Wronged Herman Wouk: A 65-year injustice, rectified." Commentary, Feb. 2013, p. 35+. Literature Resource Center,http://link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/A317074065/LitRC?u=viva_uva&sid=   LitRC&xid=5a74d8b7. Accessed 7 Mar. 2018.

 *“Little, Brown and Company.” 2017. Hachette Book Group (blog). June 29, 2017. https://www.littlebrown.com/.

Assignment 4: Reception History

1 Paste contemporary reception history in here (maximum 500 words)

2 Paste subsequent reception history in here (maximum 500 words)

Assignment 5: Critical Analysis

1 Paste your critical analysis in here (maximum 2500 words)

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