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September 22, 2007 | Christopher Reynolds, Times Staff Writer
JAMES A. MICHENER, dead 10 years, has a new novel out, a two-generation love story called "Matecumbe." It's not much good. But the story of its publication is, like a car crash, hard to ignore. The short version is this: The author was in his 60s and at the peak of his fame when a writer-researcher he was working with introduced him to a young woman named Melissa, who lived in the Florida Keys.
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September 22, 2007 | Christopher Reynolds, Times Staff Writer
JAMES A. MICHENER, dead 10 years, has a new novel out, a two-generation love story called "Matecumbe." It's not much good. But the story of its publication is, like a car crash, hard to ignore. The short version is this: The author was in his 60s and at the peak of his fame when a writer-researcher he was working with introduced him to a young woman named Melissa, who lived in the Florida Keys.
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July 9, 1989 | Aram Saroyan, Saroyan's most recent book is a novel, "The Romantic" (McGraw-Hill). and
Let's begin with the good part. About a third of the way into this brief novel, around Page 80, one has a sense of being inside an old-fashioned but beautifully maintained narrative machine, the storytelling equivalent of, say, a "cherry" 1950 Rolls-Royce. It was here the reviewer, a first-time James A. Michener reader, began to have intimations of the novelist celebrated by an enormous international public.
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October 17, 1997 | Associated Press
* "Unit in the Social Studies" 1940 * "Tales of the South Pacific" 1947 * "The Fires of Spring" 1949 * "Return to Paradise" 1951 * "The Voice of Asia" 1951 * "The Bridges at Toko-ri" 1953 * "Sayonara" 1954 * "Floating World" 1955 * "The Bridge at Andau" 1957 * "Rascals in Paradise" 1957 (co-author) * "Selected Writings" 1957 * "The Hokusai Sketchbook" 1958 * "Japanese Prints" 1959 * "Hawaii" 1959 * "Report of the County Chairman" 1961 * "Caravans" 1963 * "The Source" 1965 * "Iberia" 1968 *
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August 15, 1992 | Associated Press
Author James A. Michener and his wife have donated $15 million to a University of Texas writers program, school officials have announced.
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October 17, 1997 | Associated Press
* "Unit in the Social Studies" 1940 * "Tales of the South Pacific" 1947 * "The Fires of Spring" 1949 * "Return to Paradise" 1951 * "The Voice of Asia" 1951 * "The Bridges at Toko-ri" 1953 * "Sayonara" 1954 * "Floating World" 1955 * "The Bridge at Andau" 1957 * "Rascals in Paradise" 1957 (co-author) * "Selected Writings" 1957 * "The Hokusai Sketchbook" 1958 * "Japanese Prints" 1959 * "Hawaii" 1959 * "Report of the County Chairman" 1961 * "Caravans" 1963 * "The Source" 1965 * "Iberia" 1968 *
ENTERTAINMENT
June 26, 1990 | FROM TIMES WIRE SERVICES
Author James A. Michener and his wife, Mari, have donated an additional $3 million in gifts and pledges to the University of Texas to encourage aspiring writers. Michener, 83, who used the university as a base for research on his 1985 historically based novel "Texas," donated $1 million to establish the Texas Center for Writers four years ago. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author, who has written more than three dozen books, earlier contributed $100,000 to the university's Press Endowment.
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December 18, 1991 | ELIZABETH MEHREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
You expect a certain image from one of America's favorite storytellers; expect that a man whose books have sold so many millions of copies would march in and act like a star. You imagine that the author of "Tales of the South Pacific," "Hawaii," "Alaska," and "Texas" would overwhelm with a carefully constructed personality. But James Michener is all business.
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October 12, 1997 | CHRISTOPHER REYNOLDS, Christopher Reynolds is The Times' travel writer. His last magazine story was on Wales
Wow. It's not yet 9 on a sparkling Friday morning, and two new tourists have just landed at Bora-Bora. They are tired, and perhaps they are hallucinating. Having flown eight hours through the night to Tahiti, then 45 minutes from Tahiti to this pebble of an outlying island, the American tourists step from a small plane to the runway, and from the runway to the tiny terminal.
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November 7, 1994 | JACK SMITH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"Recessional" is about life among the elderly residents, living and dying, at the Palms, a Florida retirement home. Andy Zorn, a young obstetrician who has lost his license in a scurrilous lawsuit, is hired to manage it, with an eye to increasing profits. He elects to drive from Chicago to Tampa in icy weather and near Chattanooga he is involved in a horrible multivehicle accident in which a young woman's legs are amputated below the knees.
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January 25, 1993 | CAROLYN SEE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The premise of this short book is this: In 1959, after he had finished his blockbuster novel, "Hawaii," James Michener, as he writes here in his first paragraph, "cast about to decide what subject I should tackle next." It would either be Scotland, which he decided against, or Mexico, which he went for.
NEWS
August 15, 1992 | Associated Press
Author James A. Michener and his wife have donated $15 million to a University of Texas writers program, school officials have announced.
NEWS
December 18, 1991 | ELIZABETH MEHREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
You expect a certain image from one of America's favorite storytellers; expect that a man whose books have sold so many millions of copies would march in and act like a star. You imagine that the author of "Tales of the South Pacific," "Hawaii," "Alaska," and "Texas" would overwhelm with a carefully constructed personality. But James Michener is all business.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 26, 1990 | FROM TIMES WIRE SERVICES
Author James A. Michener and his wife, Mari, have donated an additional $3 million in gifts and pledges to the University of Texas to encourage aspiring writers. Michener, 83, who used the university as a base for research on his 1985 historically based novel "Texas," donated $1 million to establish the Texas Center for Writers four years ago. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author, who has written more than three dozen books, earlier contributed $100,000 to the university's Press Endowment.
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September 13, 1987 | John Ehrlichman, Ehrlichman's most recent novel is "The China Card" (Warner).
I confess that I have always had a reader's block about James Michener's novels. I begin them with determination, but about 70% into them, they get laid aside and never picked up again. But this is one Michener novel I finished. It is surely Michener's thinnest at a mere 149 pages (plus the text of the U. S. Constitution). It is the contemporary story of an Army major who works for the President's National Security Council. In fact, he works for Adm. John Poindexter.
BOOKS
July 9, 1989 | Aram Saroyan, Saroyan's most recent book is a novel, "The Romantic" (McGraw-Hill). and
Let's begin with the good part. About a third of the way into this brief novel, around Page 80, one has a sense of being inside an old-fashioned but beautifully maintained narrative machine, the storytelling equivalent of, say, a "cherry" 1950 Rolls-Royce. It was here the reviewer, a first-time James A. Michener reader, began to have intimations of the novelist celebrated by an enormous international public.
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