Ideas for Group Discussions
Day, A. Grove. James Michener. New York: Twayne, 1964. Day provides a critical and interpretive study of Michener’s earlier works with a close reading of his major novels, a solid bibliography and complete notes and references.
Groseclose, David A. James A. Michener: A Bibliography. Austin, Tex.: State House Press, 1996. An annotated bibliography of works by and about James Michener from 1923 to 1995. Groseclose has assembled more than 2,500 descriptive entries on all aspects of Michener’s life and career.
Hayes, John P. James A. Michener: A Biography. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1984. A biography spanning Michener’s life through the 1980’s. Valuable for background on influences in Michener’s development as a writer.
Michener, James. Literary Reflections: Michener on Michener, Hemingway, Capote, and Others. Austin, Tex.: State House Press, 1993. Michener reflects on his life as a writer and on his work. He also shares his memories of his era’s most influential writers. The collection of essays gives important insights into Michener’s views on literature and into his evaluations of his own works.
Roberts, F. X., and C. D. Rhine, comps. James A. Michener: A Checklist of His Works, With a Selected, Annotated Bibliography. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1995. A comprehensive bibliography of Michener’s books and stories and of articles by and about him.
Severson, Marilyn S. James A. Michener: A Critical Companion. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1996. Severson give an overview of Michener’s life and examines the characteristics and themes of his fiction. His major historical novels are discussed and analyzed for plot, structure, and theme.
Shahin, Jim. “The Continuing Saga of James A. Michener.” Saturday Evening Post 262 (March, 1990): 66-71. An overview of Michener’s life and career. A discussion of Michener’s research methods and his approach to composition of his historical novels is also presented.