Literary Techniques

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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

(Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction)

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

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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 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.

Literary Precedents

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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

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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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