James A. Michener





James A. Michener

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born
in New York, New York, The United States
February 03, 1907

died
October 16, 1997

gender
male

genre

influences


About this author

James Albert Michener is best known for his sweeping multi-generation historical fiction sagas, usually focusing on and titled after a particular geographical region. His first novel, Tales of the South Pacific , which inspired the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical South Pacific, won the 1948 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

Toward the end of his life, he created the Journey Prize, awarded annually for the year's best short story published by an emerging Canadian writer; founded an MFA program now, named the Michener Center for Writers, at the University of Texas at Austin; and made substantial contributions to the James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, best known for its permanent collection of Pennsylvania Impressionist painti
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Average rating: 4.09 · 199,706 ratings · 6,531 reviews · 147 distinct works · Similar authors
Hawaii
4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 52,349 ratings — published 1959 — 43 editions
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The Source
4.29 of 5 stars 4.29 avg rating — 27,535 ratings — published 1965 — 49 editions
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Centennial
4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 25,898 ratings — published 1974 — 36 editions
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The Covenant
4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 13,219 ratings — published 1980 — 20 editions
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Chesapeake
4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 11,823 ratings — published 1978 — 32 editions
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Texas
4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 11,281 ratings — published 1985 — 34 editions
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Tales of the South Pacific
4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 9,958 ratings — published 1947 — 32 editions
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Alaska
4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 6,650 ratings — published 1988 — 8 editions
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Poland
3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 5,805 ratings — published 1983 — 22 editions
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The Drifters
4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 4,732 ratings — published 1971 — 31 editions
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More books by James A. Michener…
“I love writing. I love the swirl and swing of words as they tangle with human emotions.”
James A. Michener

“If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion, and avoid the people, you might better stay home.”
James A. Michener

“Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries.”
James A. Michener

Polls

Historical fiction ends up being our genre for January, which means we will read non-fiction in February. Vote for which book you would like to read next month. Last day to vote is Tuesday, December 16.

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  3 votes, 50.0%

 
  2 votes, 33.3%

Queenmaker Queenmaker  A Novel of King David's Queen by India Edghill India Edghill
 
  1 vote, 16.7%

Picnic at Hanging Rock Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay Joan Lindsay
 
  0 votes, 0.0%

The Greenlanders The Greenlanders by Jane Smiley Jane Smiley
 
  0 votes, 0.0%

Enemy Women Enemy Women by Paulette Jiles Paulette Jiles
 
  0 votes, 0.0%

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