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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4.27 of 5 stars 4.27 avg rating — 20,451 ratings — published 1965 — 40 editions
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Centennial
4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 18,970 ratings — published 1974 — 36 editions
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 9,645 ratings — published 1980 — 19 editions
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 9,286 ratings — published 1978 — 28 editions
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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 8,570 ratings — published 1985 — 27 editions
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Tales of the South Pacific
3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 7,792 ratings — published 1947 — 27 editions
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Alaska
4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 5,270 ratings — published 1988 — 31 editions
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Poland
3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 4,524 ratings — published 1983 — 16 editions
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The Drifters
3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 3,874 ratings — published 1971 — 22 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

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