A letter from James A. Michener to Robert "Bob" Vavra and John Fulton responding to their question regarding Michener's choice to continue living in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. Michener responds with three in-depth reasons regarding his choice to stay. Two are very simple, a love of his surroundings and a need to play tennis. The third reason is complex, combining Michener's history with the town, the people of the town and perceptions. Michener believes that "it's rather healthy for an artist...
A letter from James A. Michener to Robert "Bob" Vavra and A. Grove Day regarding the purchase of reprint rights to all Michener books by Fawcett Books including 'Rascals in Paradise' and 'Iberia'. Since both men have an interest in one of Michener's book, they can expect a portion of the allocation. The letter is signed "Jim Mich".
James A. Michener sits among a crowd of people in what appears to be a stadium. His head is craned to the right and his mouth is slightly open, looking beyond the camera. Sitting to his right is an unidentified individual in a dark sweater, behind him are four standing unidentified individuals.
A letter from James Michener to Harold Latham, Vice President of Macmillan Publishing Company. The letter is written in response to Latham's letter offering criticisms and suggestions for revision to Michener's manuscript of the "Tales of the South Pacific." In general, Michener agrees with Latham's suggestions. Michener details where he believes edits are necessary but would like to attempt some rewrites before eliminating certain parts of the manuscript. The letter ends with wishes for a...
A typewritten letter from James Michener to a Miss Cynthia Walsh dated January 8, 1946. The letter is written in response to questions previously asked of Michener. The letter contains names of people that Miss Walsh can contact for further details about the South Pacific during the war. The subject matter appears to be "Tales of the South Pacific" and also suggests names of people that may want an early copy of the book.
Letter from James Michener to accept the terms for publication of "Tales of the South Pacific" proposed in an earlier letter. Michener expresses excitement that the book is being published by the Macmillan Publishing Company.
Letter from James Michener to Lieutenant Richard C. Arlington, U.S.N.R. The letter accompanies a book that Michener has asked "Dick" to read and then pass along to others for feedback. Michener believes the author is making a case against the Army and the Navy and is interested to know what others think about the book. The title of the book is not mentioned.
A letter from James A. Michener to Richard S. Pieters of Phillips Academy. Having returned from a recent visit to George School, Michener tells "Dicks" of his desire to renew acquaintances having attended George School together. Michener also wants to hear about Peiters work at Andover. Michener's wife, Patti, sends her regards.
A typewritten letter to Lieutenant Lewis Robbins, U.S.N.R. from James A. Michener. In the letter Michener tells Robbins that he has heard he has been given a difficult, but interesting job disposing of surplus navy property. Michener asks if it is possible to obtain a standard Remington or Royal elite type typewriter. He mentions that he cannot use a pica type machine, that it must be elite type. Michener then outlines his possible qualifications for obtaining the machine. Michener states...
A typewritten letter from James A. Michener to William Vitarelli requesting that he, Dr. Vitarelli, speak to a group of teachers in Greenwich Village about artesian wells. Michener cautions that there may be hecklers in the crowd as the chairman of the program committee preferred to ask a close personal friend to speak rather than Vitarelli.
A typewritten letter from James A. Michener to Miss Norma L. Warner of the Macmillan Company. Michener note explains that he returned to New York by way of San Pedro and did not have the opportunity to use the letter that his wife had sent to in care of the company. A copy of the same letter was waiting for him in New York and Michener asks that the copy Macmillan is holding be destroyed.
In a letter to Mr. Scott, James A. Michener wrote that he had a list of people he would like to send copies of Tales of the South Pacific. Michener provided several short paragraphs to be included in the correspondence with the former colleagues receiving his book.
A response to Captain A. D. Turnbull from James A. Michener exchanging information about a mixup in the ComSoPac (Commander South Pacific Area) history. Michener also responded that he forwarded information regarding "a running yarn of the Armed Guard" to the appropriate people within the Company for further consideration.
A letter from James A. Michener to the United States Navy inquiring about an assignment he was given during his time as Lieutenant Commander while serving in the South Pacific. Michener was tasked to examine certain camera lenses to determine if fungi had etched the surface. Upon discussing the matter with a scientist some years later, Michener wanted to know if his task was legitimate or if he was the victim of a hoax.
James A. Michener wrote a letter to the Bureau of Naval Personnel inquiring about the passing of colleague Lt. Cdr. John Burke, apparently killed in an airplane accident. Due to the nature of their acquaintance, Michener requested any details of the incident that could be shared.