“I’m not a very good writer, but I’m an excellent rewriter.” ~ James A. Michener
|Source: Wikipedia Michener in 1991|
James Albert Michener, born Feb. 3, 1907 – Oct 16, 1997 Michener's prodigious output made for lengthy novels, several of which run more than 1,000 pages. The author states in My Lost Mexico that at times he would spend 12 to 15 hours per day at his typewriter for weeks on end, and that he used so much paper, his filing system had trouble keeping up.
Michener had numerous bestsellers and works and was also known for his meticulous research behind the books. Among his myriad fiction and nonfiction work, Michener's novels include Tales of the South Pacific, for which he won a Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1948. Hawaii, The Drifters, Centennial, The Source, The Fires of Spring, Chesapeake, Caravans, Alaska, Texas and Poland. His first book was adapted as the popular Broadway musical South Pacific by Rodgers and Hammerstein, and later a film by the same name, adding to his financial success.
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