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 painti
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Average rating: 4.13 · 280,138 ratings · 10,223 reviews · 165 distinct worksSimilar authors
Hawaii

4.20 avg rating — 67,103 ratings — published 1959 — 53 editions
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The Source

4.30 avg rating — 36,480 ratings — published 1965 — 58 editions
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Centennial

4.23 avg rating — 36,683 ratings — published 1974 — 47 editions
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Chesapeake

4.17 avg rating — 20,680 ratings — published 1978 — 44 editions
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The Covenant

4.18 avg rating — 18,211 ratings — published 1980 — 32 editions
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Texas

4.08 avg rating — 15,916 ratings — published 1985 — 14 editions
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Tales of the South Pacific

4.04 avg rating — 13,491 ratings — published 1947 — 43 editions
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Alaska

4.11 avg rating — 10,578 ratings — published 1988 — 35 editions
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Poland

3.99 avg rating — 8,332 ratings — published 1983 — 30 editions
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The Drifters

4.04 avg rating — 6,522 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

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March 2019 New School Poll

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  119 votes, 36.6%

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  77 votes, 23.7%

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  22 votes, 6.8%

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