Friday, February 3, 2017

Birthday Books of the Day: "The really great writers are people like Emily Bronte who sit in a room and write out of their limited experience and unlimited imagination."


From his World War II Pacific stories to his doorstop historical novels, James A. Michener (1907-97) was among the most successful writers of the age. His first book, Tales of the South Pacific (1947), won him the Pulitzer Prize in 1948 and launched a deathless Broadway musical, South Pacific, in 1949. His book sales- over 75 million worldwide- enabled him to make charitable gifts of over $100 million in his lifetime. His advice to writers was to "write a book that Rogers & Hammerstein will read."

There’s nothing like a tale well told for a winter’s evening, and Henry Bemis Books has five of his classics on sale to celebrate his 110th birthday:

Michener, James A., The Bridges at Toko-Ri (Random House, 1st ed., 1952,  21st printing, 1953). LOC 52-7129. Michener’s classic war novel, in which a team of carrier-based jet bomber pilots must try to take out a key bridge in the Korean War. Hardcover, not price clipped, rubber stamped name/address of previous owner on front and back papers. Very good condition. HBB price: $25.

Michener, James A., Sayonara (Random House, 1st ed., 1954). LOC 54-5953. Tale of an American air force officer about to take a plus posting and marry the perfect girl. Of course, he falls for a Japanese dancer. A 1950s Madama Butterfly, made into a Marlon Brando film in 1957. Hardcover, not price clipped, mylar cover. Very good condition. HBB price: $35.


Michener, James A., Iberia: Spanish Travels and Reflections (Random House, 1st ed. 1968). LOC 67-22623. Michener’s conception of “a 19th-century English-style travel book with much personal observation, much reflection, and much affection”, and with photographs by Robert Vavra.Hardcover, unclipped dust jacket, very good condition. HBB price: $49.95.

Michener, James A., Texas (Random House, stated 1st ed., 1985). ISBN 0-394-54154-5. The Lone Star State gets the Michener historical saga treatment. Hardcover, unclipped dust jacket, very good condition. HBB price: $25.

Michener, James A., Caribbean (Random House, 1st ed., 1989).ISBN 0-394-56561-4. One of the master’s sweeping historical novels. Hardcover, not price clipped, 672 pp. Very good condition. HBB price: $25.

Henry Bemis Books is one man’s attempt to bring more diversity and quality to a Charlotte-Mecklenburg market of devoted readers starved for choices. Our website is at  Henry Bemis Books is also happy to entertain reasonable offers on items in inventory. Shipping is always free; local buyers are welcome to drop by and pick up their purchases at our location off Peachtree Road in Northwest Charlotte if they like. #RareBooks #HenryBemisBooks #Michener #Charlotte

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