Title: Michener's the Name
Publisher: University of Colorado Press, Boulder
Publication Date: 2006
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Signed: Signed by Author(s)
Edition: First Edition.
Publisher's brown cloth, stamped in gilt; photo-illustrated dust jacket. Inscribed by Vavra on the table of contents: "For Bobby -- I had the great luck to know James Michener who like Elmer was the 'real thing.' I hope this book will give you some insight into its protagonist -- Best, ever, Robert (Vavra) / Feb 14, 2007." Also includes a typed, signed letter from Vavra on his personal stationery, laid-in. Bookseller Inventory # MR3450
Synopsis: James A. Michener is one of America's most renowned and beloved authors. His books have sold more copies than those of Ernest Hemingway and John Steinbeck combined. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1948 for Tales of the South Pacific, which inspired the Rogers and Hammerstein Broadway musical South Pacific.
A very private man, Michener guarded his personal life and remained a mystery to his fans. He dropped his guard only with friends, including author and photographer Robert Vavra. In Michener's the Name, Vavra invites Michener fans into the author's life with a singular portrait that spans nearly forty years.
When they met, Michener was fifty-four years old and Vavra twenty-six. Throughout their ensuing thirty-six-year friendship, Vavra would photograph Michener at work and at play.
Michener's the Name offers images taken by one photographer over decades, with captions drawn from conversations and letters between Michener and Vavra and other friends that offer a deep look into Michener's life. Readers can finally meet the man whose spellbinding sagas moved their minds and hearts.
"But here is the chance to take the mask off the enigma in a biography like no other..." -- Mary Daniels, Chicago Tribune, January 31, 2007
"Here is the chance to take the mask off the enigma in a biography like no other: 'Michener's the Name' by Robert Vavra." -- Chicago Tribune, January 31, 2007
"The duotone images and text pages in this photographic biography provide fascinating insights into the life and creativity of author James A. Michener." -- Si Dunn, Dallas Morning News, March 26, 2007
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