James A. Michener Long Fiction Analysis - Essay

James A. Michener Long Fiction Analysis

(Survey of Novels and Novellas)

In almost all of James A. Michener’s novels, the story line is a loosely woven thread, a framework, a context in which to tell tales and provide geographic and historic detail. Although in his notes on Centennial Michener explains four differentnarrative devices he developed in the course of his writing career, each is still a framing device for a series of related events or information. Throughout all of his work Michener is the social-science editor and teacher, using quantities of well-researched data and imaginative incidents to explain issues from his particular point of view. In many of his writings, it is apparent that Michener is not only a very competent writer, historian, and geographer but also a competent...

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