Michener's South Pacific

Michener s South Pacific The creation of one of the most beloved books Broadway musicals of the century May is one of the foremost authorities on writer James Michener In this book he takes you inside the creation of Michener

  • Title: Michener's South Pacific
  • Author: Stephen J. May
  • ISBN: 9780813035574
  • Page: 425
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The creation of one of the most beloved books Broadway musicals of the century May is one of the foremost authorities on writer James Michener In this book he takes you inside the creation of Michener s Tales of the South Pacific and the musical South Pacific May fascinates us with his detailed accounts of key players like Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein, Josh LoThe creation of one of the most beloved books Broadway musicals of the century May is one of the foremost authorities on writer James Michener In this book he takes you inside the creation of Michener s Tales of the South Pacific and the musical South Pacific May fascinates us with his detailed accounts of key players like Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein, Josh Logan, and many others Ken Womble, director of James Michener An Epic Life Stephen J May confirms his reputation as James Michener s most pertinent, sensitive, and accessible biographer with Michener s South Pacific In the wake of the acclaimed 2008 Broadway revival of South Pacific, it may seem absurd that, once upon a time six decades ago adapting such a serious, unflinching work as Michener s for the musical stage was a risky challenge Laurence Maslon, author of The South Pacific CompanionWhen the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, James A Michener was an obscure textbook editor working in New York Within three years, he was a naval officer stationed in the South Pacific By the end of the decade, he was an accomplished author, well on the way to worldwide fame.Michener s first novel, Tales of the South Pacific, won the Pulitzer Prize Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein used it as the basis for the Broadway musical South Pacific, which also won the Pulitzer How this all came to be is the subject of Stephen May s Michener s South Pacific.An award winning biographer of Michener, May was a featured interviewee on the fiftieth anniversary DVD release of the film version of the musical During taping, he realized there was much he didn t know about how Michener s experiences in the South Pacific shaped the man and led to his early work.May delves deeply into this formative and turbulent period in Michener s life and career, using letters, journal entries, and naval records to examine how a reserved, middle aged lieutenant known as Prof to his fellow officers became one of the most successful writers of the twentieth century.Stephen J May is the author of Michener A Writer s Journey, which served as the basis for the PBS documentary James Michener An Epic Life He has also written a two volume biography of Zane Grey and served as technical advisor for the most recent Broadway revival of South Pacific.

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    1. This book can be viewed as a volume of trivia for fans of James Michener—and what wonderfully edifying trivia! Those of us who wondered about the real stories behind the fiction in "Tales of the South Pacific," and failed to find many details in Michener’s autobiography "The World is My Home," will be pleased to read May’s analysis of the real people behind Michener’s stories. And that’s just the beginning.There’s a section on Herman Melville and Robert Louis Stevenson and how the su [...]

    2. Of all the musicals I have seen, South Pacific still ranks near the top. I never tire of the music, the characters, or the exotic locale. I never tire of the juxtaposition of war, love, hatred and fear, and I am always moved by Michener's and Rodger and Hammerstein's views on prejudice.Of the Michener books I have read, Tales of the South Pacific is still one of my favorites. His love of the islands and his mixture of history and fiction still pull me into the book. For these reasons I enjoyed t [...]

    3. I enjoyed learning about how Michener got his ideas and about his life. I was surprised to learn about how Oscar Hammerstein had a partner in writing the script for "South Pacific." I always think that stories/plays/musicals just pop into their creator's heads. Writing the libretto for "South Pacific" was arduous. May also very thoroughly went into detail on how Michener wrote "Hawaii" and some of his other stories. Michener lived in Honolulu while he worked on the novel. He spent several months [...]

    4. One of the best "book biography's" ever. Well written and entertaining it pulls back the curtain on the making of Tales, South Pacific, and Michener the man. Nice, quick and simple. I Downloaded it by accident and am now glad I did.

    5. A great read for any Michener fan. It focuses on his early career and his experiences that produced Tales from the South Pacific, and the musical it inspired, and then his most famous work Hawaii.

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