Literary Techniques

Like all of Michener's works, Hawaii is based on extensive historical research. For this particular work, Michener and his Hawaiian...

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Ideas for Group Discussions

Publishers of popular fiction consistently maintain that the public wants relatively short novels of about fifty thousand to sixty thousand...

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Social Concerns

Michener's publication of Hawaii was timely, occurring only three months after Hawaii was granted statehood. Yet A. Grove Day states...

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(Masterpieces of American Fiction)

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...

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Literary Precedents

The structure of Hawaii has many literary precedents, including Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace (1865-1869), Booth Tarkington's...

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Related Titles

In so far as Michener writes historical fiction, all of his historical titles are related. His meticulous research, tone and themes permeate...

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Because of its length and numerous characters, Hawaii has not adapted well to film. Two adaptations of the book have been produced by...

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