James A. Michener's Writer's Handbook: Explorations in Writing and Publishing

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Random House, 1992 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 180 pages
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Pulitzer Prize–winning author James A. Michener has written about everything from the pristine islands of the South Pacific and the endless wilds of Africa to Spanish bullfighters, American revolutionaries, and pirates of the Caribbean. Now Michener turns to his favorite and most personal subject: the written word. Reproducing pages from his own handwritten rough drafts and working manuscripts, Michener walks the reader through a step-by-step guide to the entire process of writing, editing, revising, and publishing. Addressing challenges specific to both fiction and nonfiction, all the while providing thoughtful and useful solutions, James A. Michener's Writer's Handbook is an invaluable resource for book lovers, editors, and, of course, writers—aspiring and accomplished alike.

Praise for James A. Michener

“A master storyteller . . . Michener, by any standards, is a phenomenon.”The Wall Street Journal

“Sentence for sentence, writing's fastest attention grabber.”The New York Times

“Michener has become an institution in America, ranking somewhere between Disneyland and the Library of Congress. You learn a lot from him.”Chicago Tribune

“While he fascinates and engrosses, Michener also educates.”Los Angeles Times

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Another fascinating insight into Michener. This is about how he does what he does. Read full review

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James A. Michener was one of the world's most popular writers, the author of more than forty books of fiction and nonfiction, including the Pulitzer Prize–winning Tales of the South Pacific, the bestselling novels The Source, Hawaii, Alaska, Chesapeake, Centennial, Texas, Caribbean, and Caravans, and the memoir The World Is My Home. Michener served on the advisory council to NASA and the International Broadcast Board, which oversees the Voice of America. Among dozens of awards and honors, he received America's highest civilian award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, in 1977, and an award from the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities in 1983 for his commitment to art in America. Michener died in 1997 at the age of ninety.

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