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James A. Michener (1907–1997)

Author of The Source

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About the Author

James A. Michener, 1907 - 1997 James Albert Michener was born on February 3, 1907 in Doylestown, Pa. He earned an A.B. from Swarthmore College, an A.M. from Colorado State College of Education, and an M.A. from Harvard University. He taught for many years and was an editor for Macmillan Publishing show more Company. His first book, "Tales of the South Pacific," derived from Michener's service in the Pacific in World War II, won the 1947 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and was the basis for the Rodgers and Hammerstein Broadway musical South Pacific, which won the 1950 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Michener completed close to 40 novels. Some other epic works include "Hawaii," "Centennial," "Space," and "Caribbean." He also wrote a significant amount of nonfiction including his autobiography "The World Is My Home." Among his many other honors, James Michener received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1977. He was married to Patti Koon in 1935; they divorced in 1948. He married Vange Nord in 1948 (divorced 1955) and Mari Yoriko Sabusawa in 1955 (deceased 1994). He died in 1997 in Austin, Texas. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Series

Works by James A. Michener

The Source (1965) 4,015 copies, 61 reviews
Hawaii (1959) 3,776 copies, 57 reviews
Chesapeake (1978) 3,115 copies, 33 reviews
Centennial (1974) 3,027 copies, 43 reviews
Poland (1993) 2,394 copies, 24 reviews
Texas (1985) 2,374 copies, 15 reviews
Alaska (1988) 2,315 copies, 33 reviews
Space (1982) 2,287 copies, 17 reviews
The Covenant (1980) 2,046 copies, 21 reviews
Tales of the South Pacific (1946) 1,865 copies, 33 reviews
Caribbean (1989) 1,856 copies, 19 reviews
Mexico (1992) 1,561 copies, 11 reviews
Caravans (1963) 1,400 copies, 22 reviews
The Drifters (1971) 1,212 copies, 22 reviews
Iberia (1968) 1,116 copies, 20 reviews
The Novel (1991) — Author — 911 copies, 17 reviews
Legacy (1987) 840 copies, 10 reviews
Journey (1989) 814 copies, 21 reviews
The Bridges at Toko-ri (1953) — Author — 713 copies, 12 reviews
Sayonara (1954) 600 copies, 11 reviews
The Bridge at Andau (1957) 553 copies, 8 reviews
Recessional (1994) 531 copies, 5 reviews
The World Is My Home: A Memoir (1992) 513 copies, 2 reviews
Return to Paradise (1951) 509 copies, 8 reviews
Alaska [abridged] (1988) 392 copies
The Eagle and the Raven (1990) 365 copies, 3 reviews
The Fires of Spring (1949) — Author — 342 copies, 4 reviews
Rascals in Paradise (1957) 259 copies, 3 reviews
Kent State: What Happened and Why (1971) 244 copies, 1 review
The Covenant, Volume 1 of 2 (1980) 171 copies, 2 reviews
The Covenant, Volume 2 of 2 (1980) 168 copies, 1 review
Miracle in Seville (1995) 157 copies, 2 reviews
Sports in America (1976) 157 copies, 1 review
This Noble Land: My Vision for America (1996) 136 copies, 4 reviews
Texas, Volume 1 of 2 (1985) 112 copies, 1 review
My Lost Mexico (1992) 111 copies, 1 review
The Quality of Life (1970) 100 copies, 1 review
The Voice of Asia (1951) 99 copies, 4 reviews
Texas, Volume 2 of 2 (1985) 79 copies, 1 review
Literary Reflections (1993) 70 copies
The Watermen: Selections from Chesapeake (1978) 61 copies, 1 review
Alaska / Hawaii (1988) 54 copies
A Michener Miscellany, 1950-1970 (1973) 53 copies, 1 review
Report of the County Chairman (1961) 50 copies, 2 reviews
Six Days in Havana (1989) 47 copies
Centennial, Volume 1 of 2 (1979) 45 copies
Firstfruits: A Harvest of 25 Years of Israeli Writing (1965) — Editor; Introduction — 44 copies
Selected Writings (1957) 34 copies, 1 review
Matecumbe: The Lost Florida Novel (2007) 29 copies, 1 review
Space, Volume 1 of 2 (1982) 26 copies
Space, Volume 2 of 2 (1982) 20 copies
A Century of Sonnets (1997) 17 copies, 1 review
Hawaii, Volume 1 of 2 (1959) 8 copies
Alaska, Volume 1 of 2 (1988) 8 copies
Legacy / Recessional (1998) 8 copies
Centennial, Volume 2 of 2 (1988) 7 copies
Alaska, Volume 2 of 2 (1988) 7 copies
Mexico, Volume 1 of 2 (1995) 7 copies
Mexico, Volume 2 of 2 (1995) 7 copies
Caribbean, Volume 2 of 2 (1992) 7 copies
Caribbean, Volume 2 of 5 (1993) 6 copies
Poland, Volume 1 of 3 (1987) 6 copies
Hawaii, Volume 2 of 2 (1959) 6 copies
Caribbean, Volume 1 of 5 (1993) 6 copies
Poland, Volume 3 of 3 (1987) 5 copies
Poland, Volume 2 of 3 (1987) 5 copies
The Source, Volume 2 of 2 (1965) 5 copies
William Penn (1994) 5 copies
The Source, Volume 1 of 2 (1965) 4 copies
[no title] 3 copies
Facing East 3 copies
Poland, Volume 1 of 2 (1983) 3 copies
The Source, Volume 3 of 3 (1965) 2 copies
Texas (1988) 2 copies
Chesapeake, Volume 2 of 2 (1978) 2 copies
Polen 2 copies
Poland, Volume 2 of 2 (1993) 2 copies
Mot Rymden I 2 copies
On Sport (1976) 2 copies
Mot Rymden II 2 copies
Caribbean, Volume 4 of 5 (1990) 2 copies
Caribbean, Volume 5 of 5 (1990) 2 copies
Dynasty 1 copy
Alaska, Volume 4 of 4 (1991) 1 copy
Alaska, Volume 3 of 4 (1991) 1 copy
Centennial [abridged] (1993) 1 copy
Colorado 1 copy
America 1 copy
Alaska, Volume 2 of 4 (1991) 1 copy
Our Heroine — Author; Narrator — 1 copy
Carovane 1 copy

Associated Works

The Dangerous Summer (1960) — Introduction, some editions — 681 copies, 7 reviews
With Fire and Sword (1884) — Foreword, some editions — 479 copies, 9 reviews
Reporting Vietnam: American Journalism 1969-1975, Volume 2 (1998) — Contributor — 270 copies, 2 reviews
Conversations with Capote (1985) — Foreword — 235 copies, 2 reviews
South Pacific [1958 film] (1958) — Original book — 206 copies, 2 reviews
Fodor's Hawaii (1986) — Introduction, some editions — 180 copies, 1 review
Delilah (1941) — Introduction — 167 copies, 2 reviews
On the Firing Line: The Public Life of Our Public Figures (1989) — Contributor — 113 copies, 1 review
A Hawaiian Reader (1959) — Introduction — 106 copies, 2 reviews
All We Did Was Fly to the Moon (History-alive series) (1985) — Foreword — 105 copies, 1 review
The Hokusai Sketchbooks: Selections from the Manga (1958) — Editor — 98 copies, 1 review
Thunder Gods: The Kamikaze Pilots Tell Their Story (1989) — Introduction — 66 copies, 1 review
Modern Japanese Prints: An Art Reborn (1956) — Introduction — 64 copies
James A. Michener's USA The People and the Land (1981) — Foreword — 59 copies
Reading for Pleasure (1957) — Contributor — 52 copies
Centennial [1978-1979 TV miniseries] (1978) — Original book — 47 copies
South Pacific: Original 1949 Broadway Cast Recording (1949) — Original story — 46 copies, 2 reviews
Reader's Digest Condensed Books 1989 v02 (1989) 33 copies, 1 review
How to Use the Power of the Printed Word (1985) — Author — 30 copies
Great World War II Stories: 50th Anniversary Collection (1989) — Contributor — 30 copies
Best South Sea Stories (1964) — Contributor — 28 copies
Pulitzer Prize Reader (1961) — Contributor — 27 copies
Young Frederick Douglass: The Maryland Years (1980) — Foreword — 27 copies, 2 reviews
Hawaii [1966 film] (1966) — Original story — 25 copies
South Pacific [2001 TV movie] (2001) — Original story — 25 copies
Animal Stories: Tame and Wild (1979) — Contributor — 23 copies
Sayonara [1957 film] (1957) — Original story — 22 copies
Reader's Digest Condensed Books 1975 v01 (1975) 20 copies, 1 review
A Treasury of Sea Stories (1948) — Contributor — 20 copies
The Undiscovered Zane Grey Fishing Stories (1983) — Introduction — 20 copies
The Constitution of the United States of America (1902) — Foreword — 17 copies
Rogues of the South Seas (1700) — Foreword — 17 copies
Reader's Digest Condensed Books 1953 v04 (1953) — Contributor — 16 copies
James A. Michener's Texas [1994 film] (1994) — Original book — 15 copies
Platte River Road Narratives (1988) — Foreword — 14 copies
American in disguise (1971) — Foreword — 13 copies
Why Man Explores (1976) — Contributor — 12 copies
American Men at Arms (1964) — Contributor — 11 copies, 1 review
Reader's Digest Today's Best Nonfiction 21 1992 (1992) — Author — 10 copies
Dynasty [1976 film] (1976) — Original book — 8 copies
The Arts in Renewal (1951) 7 copies, 1 review
Aggie Grey: A Samoan Saga (1988) — Foreword — 6 copies
The Journey Prize Anthology 1 (1989) — Foreword — 5 copies
The Graphic Work of Philip Evergood (1966) — Contributor — 4 copies
Kishi and Japan: The Search for the Sun (1960) — Foreword — 4 copies
The Hawaii Cookbook & Backyard Luau (1967) — Introduction — 4 copies
Gems from the Reader's Digest — Contributor — 4 copies, 1 review
The Edwin Pope Collection (1988) — Introduction — 4 copies
The New Roger Caras Treasury of Great Horse Stories (1999) — Contributor — 3 copies
Until They Sail [1957 film] (1957) — Original story — 3 copies
Something is missing (1955) — Afterword — 2 copies
Reader's Digest Auswahlbücher 1976-5 (1976) — Contributor — 2 copies
Passport to World Band Radio 1989 (1988) — Contributor — 2 copies
Tropenmond und Wüstensonne (1986) — Contributor — 2 copies
Karhu@77: A Personal Tribute (2004) — Foreword — 1 copy

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Common Knowledge

Legal name
Michener, James Albert
Birthdate
1907-02-03
Date of death
1997-10-16
Burial location
Austin Memorial Park, Austin, Texas, USA
Gender
male
Nationality
USA
Birthplace
Doylestown, Pennsylvania, USA
Place of death
Austin, Texas, USA
Cause of death
kidney failure
Places of residence
Doylestown, Pennsylvania, USA
Austin, Texas, USA
Education
Swarthmore College
University of Northern Colorado
Occupations
novelist
editor
teacher
Relationships
Uys, Errol Lincoln (assistent bij boek Het Verbond)
Organizations
United States Navy (WWII)
Awards and honors
Presidential Medal of Freedom (1977)
Honorary portrait image on a United States postage stamp (2008)
Pulitizer Prize (Fiction, 1948)
Short biography
James A. Michener
- De wereld is mijn thuis
- Historische romans op basis van gedegen onderzoek
- Bewogen leven

James A. Michener (1907-1997) had geen makkelijke jeugd: hij verloor al zeer jong zijn ouders en kende als kind veel armoede. In de Tweede Wereldoorlog was hij onder meer piloot en beleefde enkele crashes. Over deze tijd schreef hij onder meer in Tales of the South Pacific (1947), zijn debuutroman die meteen bekroond werd met de Pulitzer Prize.

Het zijn meestal lijvige werken, maar de romans van Michener zijn nog altijd zeer de moeite waard. Hij schreef tientallen (overwegend) historische romans. Zijn verhalen gaan letterlijk de hele wereld over: de onderwerpen die hij behandelt betreffen vaak de geschiedenis van een bepaald land. Michener was zelf ook een fervent reiziger: zo heeft hij de meeste landen ter wereld wel bezocht.

Research
Het werk van Michener wordt gekenmerkt door grondige research en gedegen kennis van het onderwerp waarover hij schrijft. Meestal werkte hij jarenlang aan een boek.

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Discussions

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Reviews

There is an intimacy to James Michener's Iberia. The way he lovingly describes Spain from every angle and walk of life is a work of art and the photography, even though it is in black and white, is just gorgeous. Religion, art, history, bullfighting, theater, politics, architecture, education, transportation, tourism, ecology, labor, society, food, weather, dancing, fashion, family. I don't think there is a single subject that Michener doesn't touch upon. Michener is proud to call Iberia: Spanish Travels and Reflections the "book of a tourist". Indeed, he has experience as a world traveler. He spent time in Pakistan and the Soviet Union, to name a couple of places, so he developed a keen understanding of foreign cultures. This is demonstrated thoroughly in the pages of Iberia. Be forewarned! The information is extremely dated so it is hard to discern current fact from history. Is the cab situation as bad as it was in the 1960s? Michener's now and then comparisons were humorous considering how old Iberia has become. Here are a few more examples: Madrid used to be dark, but at the time Iberia was written, new streetlights lined the roads. What about now? Fashion prices used to be low. There were few elevators, but there were more newspapers. The drink of choice used to be wine. Now in the 1960s, people drink beer. Indeed, the 1960s seems fashionable, especially when remembering what a good year 1594 was...… (more)
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SeriousGrace | 19 other reviews | Jul 1, 2024 |
Volume two of Michener’s history of Texas begins in the mid-1800s, when the Indians were still raiding ranches and torturing captives and continues through to the modern day. It explores the establishment of the Texas forts, which allowed soldiers to protect the sparse population and bring much-needed relief from this threat. Next, Michener documents the discovery of oil and the rise of the wealthy oil company executives. Immigration problems at the southern border, which still exist today, are also addressed. Mostly, I found Michener’s novels to relate the deep pride and arrogance felt by the first settlers of this wild, complex state, one of the largest in the USA.… (more)
 
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PaulaGalvan | Jun 26, 2024 |
Another popular history book, in fiction form, by the great James A. Michener. This one about the fascinating history of South Africa the only (aside from Rhodesia) nation created by Europeans in sub-Saharan Africa. I have only finished volume one - which guides the reader from the Dutch discovery and development of this southern most aspect of the continent through the kingship of the truly mental Shaka of what became the Zulu empire, which was north of the European colony. Emphasis is on the relationship of the Bushmen and the Hottentots with the Whiteman. The residents of that partof Africa were stone age people (hunter/gatherers) who, because of their tiny population and total lack of intellectual progress, were quickly overcome by the Hollanders and later the English. The early years, when the colonists were strictly ruled by the Dutch East India Company, were harshly and strictly regulated with all money and goods mandatorily paid over to the Company. Ultimately, the Boers escaped repression by moving into the vast unpopulated territories to the north - where they gradually came into contact and conflict with the Negro tribes which were expanding southward under the leadership of Shaka and then Dingane. It is important to note that the Negro tribes were not native to South Africa - it was the Bushmen (Khoi-Khoi and Khoi-San) and the Hottentots who were the original inhabitants of South Africa - both the Europeans and the Bantus were late (much later) arrivals to that area of the world.… (more)
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BayanX | 20 other reviews | Jun 24, 2024 |
Japanese prints, landscapes, figures, early to modern
 
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Rating
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