Day, A. Grove. James A. Michener. 2d ed. New York: Twayne, 1977. Written from the point of view of one who knew and worked with Michener. Its excellent bibliography is limited, naturally, to materials published before 1977.
Groseclose, Karen, and David A. Groseclose. James A. Michener: A Bibliography. Austin, Tex.: State House Press, 1996. A detailed chronology of Michener’s life, including the most important events, his publications, honors, awards, and his contributions to society, education, and politics. Contains a comprehensive bibliography about Michener and presents an informative synopsis of each of Michener’s novels, as well as a compilation of Michener’s works.
Hayes, John P. James A. Michener. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1987. A helpful biography.
May, Stephen J. Michener: A Writer’s Journey. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2005. Michener’s own writing is used to paint a portrait of him as a journalist and popular writer who never achieved the literary acclaim that he craved. Includes 19 black and white photos.
Michener, James A. The World Is My Home. New York: Random House, 1992. A memoir of Michener’s life and writing.
Roberts, F. X., and C. D. Rhine, comps. James A. Michener: A Checklist of His Works. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1995. As part of the series on Bibliographies and Indexes in American Literature, Roberts and Rhine have compiled a comprehensive list of Michener’s writings. Excellent reference work that contains a selected, annotated bibliography.
Severson, Marilyn S. James A. Michener. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1996. Severson’s book, part of the series of Critical Companions to Popular Contemporary Writers, presents a complete overview of Michener’s life, including his writing style, themes, ideas, and concerns. Also provides an excellent, detailed analysis of nine of Michener’s forty-eight books. Includes a partial bibliography of works by Michener, of information and criticism about Michener, and of reviews of some of Michener’s books.
Shaddinger, Anne E. The Micheners in America. Rutland, Vt.: Charles Tuttle, 1958. Information on Michener’s parentage.
Silverman, Herman. Michener and Me: A Memoir. Philadelphia: Running Press, 1999. Silverman, who first met Michener before the latter’s literary success, recounts his memories of over fifty years of friendship.