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 paintin...more


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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 POLL "C"
There will be a series of polls to begin putting together a potential reading list for the "historical fiction folder". I have divided the books into groups of 15 books apiece. Make sure to choose your favorite from each poll and make sure to vote in each of these polls so that we can generate a list according to priorities and interests. You will only receive one notification per poll. There will be simultaneous polls so please make sure to vote in each one.

Mr. Midshipman Hornblower (Book 1 of the Hornblower Saga) by C.S. ForesterC.S. Forester C.S. Forester

MR. MIDSHIPMAN HORNBLOWER BY C.S. FORESTER
 
  8 votes, 21.1%

Alaska by James A. MichenerJames A. Michener James A. Michener

ALASKA BY JAMES A. MICHENER
 
  4 votes, 10.5%

Creation  A Novel by Gore VidalGore Vidal Gore Vidal

CREATION BY GORE VIDAL
 
  4 votes, 10.5%

His Majesty's Dragon (Temeraire, #1) by Naomi NovikNaomi Novik Naomi Novik

HIS MAJESTY'S DRAGON BY NAOMI NOVIK
 
  4 votes, 10.5%

Rabble in Arms by Kenneth RobertsKenneth Roberts

RABBLE IN ARMS BY KENNETH ROBERTS
 
  3 votes, 7.9%

Men of Iron by Howard PyleHoward Pyle Howard Pyle

MEN OF IRON BY HOWARD PYLE
 
  3 votes, 7.9%

Kidnapped (Scholastic Classics) by Robert Louis StevensonRobert Louis Stevenson Robert Louis Stevenson

KIDNAPPED BY ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON
 
  3 votes, 7.9%

Burr  A Novel by Gore VidalGore Vidal Gore Vidal

BURR BY GORE VIDAL
 
  3 votes, 7.9%

Julian  A Novel by Gore VidalGore Vidal Gore Vidal

JULIAN BY GORE VIDAL
 
  2 votes, 5.3%

The Lively Lady by Kenneth Lewis RobertsKenneth Lewis Roberts

THE LIVELY LADY BY KENNETH ROBERTS
 
  1 vote, 2.6%

Northwest Passage by Kenneth RobertsKenneth Roberts

NORTHWEST PASSAGE BY KENNETH ROBERTS
 
  1 vote, 2.6%

Space by James A. MichenerJames A. Michener James A. Michener

SPACE BY JAMES A. MICHENER
 
  1 vote, 2.6%

Lincoln  A Novel by Gore VidalGore Vidal Gore Vidal

LINCOLN BY GORE VIDAL
 
  1 vote, 2.6%

Texas  A Novel by James A. MichenerJames A. Michener James A. Michener

TEXAS BY JAMES A. MICHENER
 
  0 votes, 0.0%

Citizen Washington by William MartinWilliam Martin

CITIZEN WASHINGTON
 
  0 votes, 0.0%

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