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James A. Michener was one of the most beloved storytellers of our time, captivating readers with sweeping historical plots that educated and entertained. In this first full-length biography of the private as well as the public Michener, Stephen J. May reveals how an aspiring writer became a best-selling novelist. It is the only book to draw on Michener’s complete papers as well as interviews with his friends and associates. The result conveys much about Michener never before revealed in print.
May follows the young Michener from an impoverished Pennsylvania childhood to the wartime Pacific, where he found inspiration for Tales of the South Pacific, a book that led to a string of best sellers, including The Source, Centennial, Chesapeake, and The Covenant. May provides insights into Michener’s personal life: his three marriages, his unique working methods, and his social and political views. He also reveals the author’s hypersensitivity to criticism, his egotism, and his failure on some occasions to acknowledge the contributions of his assistants.
Examining Michener’s body of writing in its biographical and cultural contexts, May describes the creation of each novel and assesses the book’s strengths and shortcomings. His close readings underscore Michener’s innovativeness in presenting mountains of historical and cultural research in an engaging literary form.
This probing biography establishes Michener’s place in twentieth-century letters as it offers an unprecedented view of the man behind the typewriter.
From the Publisher: Stephen J. May is the author of a literary biography of Zane Grey and Pilgrimage: A Journey through Colorado's History and Culture.
Valerie Hemingway, a former secretary to Ernest Hemingway and wife of his youngest son, is the author of Running with the Bulls: My Years with the Hemingways.
Title: Michener - A Writer’s Journey
Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
Book Condition: BRAND NEW
Book Description University of Oklahoma Press. Hardcover. Condition: GOOD. Spine creases, wear to binding and pages from reading. May contain limited notes, underlining or highlighting that does affect the text. Possible ex library copy, thatâ€™ll have the markings and stickers associated from the library. Accessories such as CD, codes, toys, may not be included. Seller Inventory # 2798975384
Book Description University of Oklahoma Press. Hardcover. Condition: Fair. Ex-Library Book - will contain Library Markings. Seller Inventory # G0806136995I5N10
Book Description University of Oklahoma Press. Hardcover. Condition: Good. Ex-Library Book - will contain Library Markings. Book shows a small amount of wear to cover and binding. Some pages show signs of use. Seller Inventory # G0806136995I3N10
Book Description Condition: Good. This is a ex library item, stickers and markings accordingly. Item is in good condition. May include some wear and creases on the cover. Fast shipping. Free delivery confirmation with every order. Seller Inventory # 1XM6JZ003W0T
Book Description University of Oklahoma Press, 2005. Condition: Good. 0th Edition. Ships from Reno, NV. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Seller Inventory # GRP94931297
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Book Description University of Oklahoma Press, 2005. Condition: Very Good. 0th Edition. Former Library book. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. Seller Inventory # GRP8091752
Book Description University of Oklahoma Press, 2005. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Seller Inventory # mon0001602579
Book Description University of Oklahoma Press, 2005. Hardcover. Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. The public and private lives of writer James A. Michener come together in an incisive portrait that examines Michener's body of writing in its biographical and cultural contexts and establishes his place in twentieth-century letters. Former library book. Mylar protector included. Ex-Library. Seller Inventory # 123532698
Book Description University of Oklahoma Press, 2005. Hardcover. Condition: Used: Good. Seller Inventory # SONG0806136995