|Author: James A. Michener|
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|In this magnificent historical novel, Michener masterfully combines fact and fiction to present the richest, most expansive, and most diversified state. Spanning four-and-a-half centuries, this monumental novel charts the epic history of the state of Texas, from its Spanish roots in the age of the conquistadors to its modern-day American character, shaped by oil and industry.|
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In this magnificent historical novel, James A. Michener masterfully combines fact and fiction to present America’s richest, most expansive and diversified state. Spanning four and a half centuries, this monumental saga charts the epic history of Texas, from its Spanish roots in the age of the conquistadors, to its modern-day American character, shaped by oil and industry. A stunning achievement by a literary master, Texas is a tale of violence and conflict, patriotism and statesmanship, growth and development. Among Michener’s finely drawn cast of characters, emotional and political alliances are made and broken; loyalties are established over the course of Texas’s remarkable history, only to be betrayed by the expansion of wealth and industry. With Michener as our guide, this novel is as exciting as it is informative.Spanning four centuries that encompass the formation of several great dynasties, an epic saga chronicles the development of the fortune-seeking Rusks, the wheeler-dealer Quimpers, the cotton empire of the Cobbs, and clan of the Garzas. Reprint. 40,000 first printing.
A foundling, taken in by Mabel Michener in Doylestown, Pennsylvania and reared as her foster child, James A. Michener attended Swarthmore College, and graduated (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) in 1929. After teaching English for many years, he served as naval historian in the U.S. Navy, stationed in the South Pacific during World War II. His first book, "Tales of the South Pacific", was a collection of stories based on his experiences during the war. He became known for his epic-length tomes tackling a broad subject (Hawaii, Poland, Texas, space). Michener's books were hugely successful but never popular with critics. As he himself said to the "Times", "I don't think the way I write books is the best or even the second-best. The really great writers are the people like Emily Bront? who sit in a room and write out of their limited experience and unlimited imagination. But people in my position also do some very good work. I'm not a stylist like Updike or Bellow, and don't aspire to be. I'm not interested in plot or pyrotechnics, but I sure work to get a steady flow." "The New York Times" described his novels as "big, old-fashioned narratives involving generations of fictional families as they moved through expertly documented events in history." From an early age Michener loved to travel, and claimed: "Before I was 20, I had seen all the states but Washington, Oregon, and Florida. I had an insatiable love of hearing people tell stories, and what they didn't tell I made up." Michener was immensely wealthy, thanks to his book sales, and was also a great philanthropist, making large donations to, among other places, Swarthmore College, the University of Texas, the Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa, and The Authors League Fund. He died at the age of 90 after requesting that he be unhooked from his kidney dialysis machine.