James A. Michener

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James A. Michener


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

Died
October 16, 1997

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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 pain
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Average rating: 4.14 · 321,887 ratings · 13,133 reviews · 160 distinct worksSimilar authors
Hawaii

4.20 avg rating — 75,426 ratings — published 1959 — 65 editions
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The Source

4.29 avg rating — 41,555 ratings — published 1965 — 64 editions
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Centennial

4.25 avg rating — 40,948 ratings — published 1974 — 53 editions
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Chesapeake

4.19 avg rating — 23,895 ratings — published 1978 — 46 editions
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The Covenant

4.20 avg rating — 20,150 ratings — published 1980 — 46 editions
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Texas

4.09 avg rating — 17,724 ratings — published 1985 — 54 editions
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Tales of the South Pacific

4.05 avg rating — 14,937 ratings — published 1947 — 54 editions
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Alaska

4.14 avg rating — 13,012 ratings — published 1988 — 46 editions
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Poland (Polen, #1)

4.02 avg rating — 10,028 ratings — published 1983 — 49 editions
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Caravans

4.09 avg rating — 7,739 ratings — published 1963 — 52 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 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

Our August retreat will focus on two or three (depending on length) selected works of a particular author. This is the poll to select that author. Poll will be open until Tuesday, April 21.

Tana French Tana French
 
  3 votes, 33.3%

Sena Jeter Naslund Sena Jeter Naslund
 
  2 votes, 22.2%

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  1 vote, 11.1%

Steven Pressfield Steven Pressfield
 
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Christopher Rice Christopher Rice
 
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Dan Simmons Dan Simmons
 
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  0 votes, 0.0%

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