A letter from the President of Macmillan Publishing Company to Lt. James Michener. The letter offers an apology that progress on "Tales of the South Pacific" has been slow. The letter indicates that the manuscript will be read by 2 or 3 readers. The letter offers criticisms, suggestions for revisions and praise from the first of those readers. A postscript to the letter references Michener's new writing assignment for the navy.
A letter from George Piatt Brett, Jr., President of Macmillan Publishing, to James A. Michener. Brett reports that he has a report from another reader of Michener's book. He relays to Michener that there is a lot of editorial work ahead and has turned the file over to Harold Latham, vice president in charge of trade editorial, asking him to move the project forward.
A letter from Harold Latham, Vice President of Macmillan Publishing Company, to Lt. James Michener. Latham, who has taken over editorial responsibility for the “Tales from the South Pacific” manuscript, offers criticism on characterization and tone and requests revisions to the manuscript.
A letter from George Brett, Jr., President of Macmillan Publishing, to Lieutenant James. A. Michener reminding him that an important editorial job awaits him when he is released from the Navy. With the cessation of hostilities, Brett encourages Michener to seek release as a hardship case. Brett mentions that he has communicated with a Captain friend of his who indicates that it would be quite proper for Michener to be given preferential consideration based on his many months of foreign...
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 letter from Charles Rosenthal, Administrator of Norfolk Island to Lieutenant James Michener is in response to a conversation between Rosenthal and Michener that had taken place on November 14, 1945. Rosenthal indicates that information on the history of Norfolk Island has been enclosed with the letter.
A handwritten letter from an acquaintance of James Michener dated January 6, 1946. The letter includes praise for a recent article, "The Renaissance Man" and a a request that Michener write another article. Michener is encouraged to share his views on the "state of things" in light of his experiences in the war. The letter is written on stationery that would suggest the writer of the letter lives on Vernon Lane in Moylan, Pennsylvania.
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.