James A. Michener


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

Died
October 16, 1997

Genre

Influences


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
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Average rating: 4.13 · 290,901 ratings · 10,924 reviews · 150 distinct worksSimilar authors
Hawaii

4.20 avg rating — 69,070 ratings — published 1959 — 60 editions
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Centennial

4.24 avg rating — 37,946 ratings — published 1974 — 47 editions
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The Source

4.30 avg rating — 37,629 ratings — published 1965 — 62 editions
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Chesapeake

4.18 avg rating — 21,484 ratings — published 1978 — 44 editions
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The Covenant

4.19 avg rating — 18,974 ratings — published 1980 — 44 editions
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Texas

4.09 avg rating — 16,516 ratings — published 1985 — 52 editions
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Tales of the South Pacific

4.04 avg rating — 13,856 ratings — published 1947 — 11 editions
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Alaska

4.12 avg rating — 11,186 ratings — published 1988 — 11 editions
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Poland

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The Drifters

4.04 avg rating — 6,791 ratings — published 1971 — 34 editions
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“I love writing. I love the swirl and swing of words as they tangle with human emotions.”
James 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

February 2017 New School Classic Poll

Beloved by Toni Morrison, 324 pgs, 1987
 
  50 votes, 18.9%

 
  50 votes, 18.9%

 
  31 votes, 11.7%

I, Claudius by Robert Graves, 468 pgs, 1934
 
  25 votes, 9.5%

 
  20 votes, 7.6%

The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler, 231 pgs, 1939
 
  16 votes, 6.1%

Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates, 355 pgs, 1961
 
  15 votes, 5.7%

 
  12 votes, 4.5%

Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler, 216 pgs, 1940
 
  11 votes, 4.2%

Captain Blood by Rafael Sabatini, 236 pgs, 1922
 
  9 votes, 3.4%

 
  8 votes, 3.0%

Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich, 367 pgs, 1984
 
  7 votes, 2.7%

Ficciones by Jorge Luis Borges, 174 pgs, 1944
 
  7 votes, 2.7%

Centennial by James A. Michener, 1056 pgs, 1974
 
  3 votes, 1.1%

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