Literary Techniques

Always extremely meticulous in his research, Michener wrote Tales of the South Pacific from his personal experience during World War...

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Ideas for Group Discussions

Tales of the South Pacific evolved out of Michener's own wartime experiences, which may account for its tone of authenticity....

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(Masterpieces of American Literature)

Anthony, Arthur. “Avoiding Nostalgia: James Michener’s The Bridge at Andau.” Literature and the Arts 5, no. 1 (Spring/Summer, 1993): 47-53.

Becker, George. James A. Michener. New York: Frederick Ungar, 1983.

Beidler, Philip D. “South Pacific and American Remembering: Or, ’Josh, We’re Going to Buy This Son of a Bitch!’” Journal of American Studies 27, no. 2 (August, 1993): 207-222.

Bell, Pearl K. “James Michener’s Docudramas.” Commentary 71 (April, 1981): 71-73.

Grobel, Lawrence. Talking with Michener. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1999.

Hayes, John P. James Michener: A Biography. New York: Bobbs-Merrill, 1984.

Hines, Samuel M., Jr. “Political Change in America: Perspectives from the Popular Historical Novels of Michener and Vidal.” In Political Mythology and Popular Fiction, edited by Ernest J. Yanarella and Lee Seligman. New York: Greenwood Press, 1988.

Michener, James. “Historical Fiction.” American Heritage 33 (April/May, 1982): 44-48.

Osterholm, J. Roger. “Michener’s Space, the Novel and Miniseries: A Study in Popular Culture.” Journal of Popular Culture 23, no. 3 (Winter, 1989): 51-64.

Severson, Marilyn S. James A. Michener: A Critical Companion. New York: Greenwood Press, 1996.

Literary Precedents

Novels describing the adventures of white men in the tropics have fascinated western readers since the publication of Daniel Defoe's...

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In 1949, Rogers and Hammerstein were inspired by the tales "Our Heroine" and "Fo' Dolla" to write one of Broadway's most successful musicals,...

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