Letter from James A. Michener to Mr. John Falter, who was an illustrator for the Saturday Evening Post. In his letter Michener compliments and thanks Falter for his depiction of Commander Hoag, a character from Michener's 1947 book, "Tales of the South Pacific".
Letter from James Michener to Mrs. Es Wilson Widing thanking her for her letter and invitation to submit an article (to what publication the article would be for was not mentioned). He notes his article is enclosed and sends his regards to her husband.
Letter from Mael K. Clark, of the Cushman School, to James A. Michener congratulating Michener his being featured in an article titled, "The Best Man in de-Navy", in the Saturday Evening Post. Clark expresses his surprise that Michener's time in the war had produced and book, and expresses interest in reading what he assumes will be a best-seller. The book Clark is referring to is Michener's "Tales of the South Pacific" published in 1947.
A handwritten letter from Ed C. Wunder of Spring Lake, New Jersey to James A. Michener updating Michener on his travels and the mutual acquaintances he encountered. He also asks for a copy of one of Michener's books.
Mary Sullivan writes to James Michener after reading a review in the New York Times of his book. She then reminisces about their years of friendship and updates him on her family, including the birth of her son. She then writes about some mutual acquaintances from Michener’s time at George School. She ends by expressing her hope his book does well, and that he writes many more. In her post script, she tells him she got his address through the Swarthmore College alumni office.
A letter from Jan Vlachos Westcott to “Jimmie” James A. Michener congratulating his old friend on his book and on his story “Remittance Man” being featured in the Saturday Evening Post. Westcott also sends along the congratulations of his mother on Michener’s book, and states that now that he knows Michener is at Macmillan in New York they should get together next time he’s in the city.
James A. Michener writes to thank Douglas S. Bard, director of the American School in Ecuador, for sending him a reprint of an article titled “Telling the World About Education in the United States” written by Bard. Michener then mentions mutual acquaintances that keep him informed of what Bard is up to but tells Bard to let Michener know when he is next in the country, so they can exchange gossip.
James A. Michener writes to Matt Wells, a resident of Isla Espiritu Santo, after Michener discovered that the editor at the magazine that published his stories about the South Pacific also knew Wells. Michener expresses his surprise at the connection and hopes that Wells is doing well.
James A. Michener writes to Mary Margaret McBride to express his enjoyment at learning about how a major broadcast is done, and thanks her for the publicity helped his book. He jokingly asks to schedule a similar event every two years with new books he’ll have written.
Colonel Julius Klein writes to James A. Michener expressing his delight for Michener’s article in the Saturday Evening Post, “Best Man In De Navy.” Klein states that he intends to buy Michener’s book, and asks Michener to autograph it. He then includes a copy of the letter he sent to the Saturday Evening Post, expressing his pleasure with the article. Also included is a note from Michener’s secretary, Shirley, with details for arranging a meeting between Michener and Klein.
James A. Michener writes to Roy Garson, a registrar at the Colorado State College of Education, thanking him for sending his recent article and compliments its usefulness. Michener closes by stating how much he misses Colorado.
E.L. Sumner, director of the Physical Education department of the McBurney Branch of the Young Men’s Christian Association writes to James A. Michener letting him know he had recommended Michener for membership on the Physical Department Committee.
Katherine Murra expresses her congratulations to James A. Michener for his stories printed in the Saturday Evening Post of Philadelphia, which she and her family enjoyed. She tells him she believes he could be a profitable freelance writer one day, and that the pictures of Michener did not do him justice.
A letter from Henry Duchateau written in French to James A. Michener about Michener’s piece, “Remittance Man” in the Saturday Evening Post. A type-written English translation of the letter and a note from Michener’s secretary, Shirley, is included. In the letter Duchateau thanks Michener for his story, saying it is a good reminder of the war in the Pacific and a reminder of America’s contributions in the war, a reminder Europe needs. He encourages Michener in writing his book, and in the...
Charles L. Skelley Jr. writes James A. Michener to thank him for sending a copy of his book “Tales of the South Pacific.” Skelley tells Michener he has enjoyed reading the book, and many of his colleagues at the Fleet Marine Force service command headquarters have requested to read it next.