Thursday, October 29, 2009

James A. Michener--List of Works

Here is a list of the works of Michener.  Each section is in order by publication date.  I have included fiction, non-fiction and collections, but you can choose the area or all areas you want to focus on in the challenge.  I will probably focus primarily on his fiction.  Please let me know if any titles are missing and I will be glad to add them.


The Fires of Spring (1949)
The Voice of Asia (1951)
The Bridges at Toko Ri (1953)
Sayonara (1954)
Hawaii (1959)
Report of the County Chairman (1961)
Caravans (1963)
The Source (1965)
The Drifters (1971)
Quality of Life (1971)
Centennial (1974)
Chesapeake (1978)
The Covenant (1980)
Space (1982)
Poland (1983)
Texas (1986)
Legacy (1987)
Alaska (1988)
Journey (1988)
Caribbean (1989)
The Eagle and the Raven (1990)
Mexico (1992)
Recessional (1994)
Miracle in Seville (1995)
Matecumbe (2007)


The Floating World (1955)
The Bridge at Andau (1957)
Japanese Prints from Early Masters to the Modern (1959)
Iberia: Spanish Travels and Reflections (1968)
Presidential Lottery: The Reckless Gamble in Our Electoral System (1969)
Kent State: What Happened And Why (1971)
A Michener Miscellany: 1950-1970 (1973)
Sports in America (1976)
On Sport (1976)
All We Did Was Fly to the Moon (1985)
Six Days in Havana (1989)
Chesapeake Bay (1990)
Pilgrimage: A Memoir of Poland And Rome (1990)
The Novel: The Battle for a Bestseller (1991)
My Lost Mexico: The Making of a Novel (1992)
The World is My Home (1992)
Literary Reflections: Michener On Michener, Hemingway, Capote, And Others (1993) (see Truman Capote and Ernest Hemingway)
This Noble Land: My Vision for America (1996)


Tales of the South Pacific (1948)
Return to Paradise (1950)
Rascals in Paradise (1957)
Selected Works (1976)
The Watermen: Selections from Chesapeake (1979)
Great World War II Stories (1989) (with Nicholas Monsarrat and Nevil Shute)
Creatures of the Kingdom: Stories of Animals And Nature (1993


  1. Centennial is SOOOO good...the 1978 mini series as well as the book. Check it out if you like the book, it definitely does it justice.

    1. The Michener formula was certainly was firing on all eight cylinders with 'Centennial'. I own a farm in Weld County CO and would have liked to have thanked the author and his research staff for the all the backstory as to the who what why and how of the Centennial State. Over 40 years old and the story holds up remarkably well.

  2. Love this idea - I'm a huge Michener fan. Fact is, I've been hunting for the Kent State book for years and haven't gotten hold of it yet.

    One I didn't see on the list that's on my shelves is James A Michener's Writers Handbook (1992).

  3. OH! This is exactly what I needed. I've been reading James Michener's books and was looking for a well organized list of all his works. Thank you so much!

  4. Hundewanderer--why don't you join the challenge? We'd love to have you!

    Glad you liked the list!

  5. I'm looking for one of his short stories, but don't remember the name. A different government came and took the men away, and in school a new teacher quickly charmed the children into thinking the way the new government wanted them to think. It's written from the perspective of a young boy

    1. Jane, I tried to get an answer from my Michener group on Goodreads, but no one ever answered me. Did you find out?

    2. Hi. Could you be thinking of the James Clavell short story called "The Children's Story"? See link .

  6. I would like to know if any of the books go together as "sets" or series

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  19. Does anyone know if Mitchener works will make it to a digital format?

  20. The story you're thinking of is "The Children's Story" and it was written by James Clavell. Excellent story.

  21. Oh, I hope so as his books are among the best historical fiction that I have ever read

  22. I'm a longtime Michener fan and enjoyed discovering this list of his works. At this point it looks like I have read about sixteen of his books. Perhaps it's just a coincidence that I enjoy the same things that Michener did: travel, music, art, science, history, maps.

    After reading so many of his lengthy works, by contrast I still consider my favorite to be the relatively short Tales of the South Pacific. I also recommend this to those who have never read a Michener book, particularly young people.

    When visiting Doylestown, Pennsylvania recently it was fascinating to see his personal memorabilia at the art museum named in his honor, and also going around town to see his boyhood homes.

    He had a powerful influence on many modern writers, including Edward Rutherfurd, who likes to identify as Michener's literary heir. I like to read him too but still consider Mitchener the master of the genre.

    Right now I'm finishing up The Novel, which is set in the Doylestown area. Always interesting to read Michener's observations about his own people.

    So nice to see the comments of other Michener fans.

    Bill C. in South Jersey

  23. Michener teamed with an American artist to produce a large-size limited-edition volume on Japan which was issued in a folding oriental box. "East" was somewhere in the title. I'm trying to find the name of the artist. Can you help? Many thanks.

  24. Might it be Facing East, with the artist being Jack Levine?

    Planning to start Iberia by JAM shortly. It has been on my shelf awaiting its turn!

    Bill C. in South Jersey

  25. Which book was about a mobile home park in Florida.???