Pilgrimage by James A. Michener
A Memoir of Poland and Rome

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James Michener has turned his unsurpassed ability to understand and portray the vast currents of history to a new and unexpected subject: his own life. As a writer. A world traveler. A filmmaker. As a man who, on a two-week trip to Poland and Rome in 1988, finds every moment filled with political, spiritual, and personal meanings. Many stories are beautifully told in this uniquely personal book. Michener's talent for synthesis and insight illuminates his 14-day pilgrimage abroad - and the pilgrimage of his own life.

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James A. Michener was born on February 3, 1907 in Doylestown, Pa. He earned an A.B. from Swarthmore College, an A.M. from Colorado State College of Education, and an M.A. from Harvard University. He taught for many years and was an editor for Macmillan Publishing Company. His first book, "Tales of the South Pacific," derived from Michener's service in the Pacific in World War II, won the 1947 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and was the basis for the Rodgers and Hammerstein Broadway musical South Pacific, which won the 1950 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Michener completed close to 40 novels. Some other epic works include "Hawaii," "Centennial," "Space," and "Caribbean." He also wrote a significant amount of nonfiction including his autobiography "The World Is My Home." Among his many other honors, James Michener received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1977. He was married to Patti Koon in 1935; they divorced in 1948. He married Vange Nord in 1948 (divorced 1955) and Mari Yoriko Sabusawa in 1955 (deceased 1994). He died in 1997 in Austin, Texas.
Published October 1, 1990 by Rodale Press. 119 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Travel, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Michener provides a cursory, consistently upbeat account of his VIP excursions in Poland during a period when winds of change were beginning to whistle through Eastern Europe, and in a subsequent trip to Rome, where he renewed acquaintances with Pope John Paul II as well as with the US ambassador...

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Michener's memoir of a recent trip to Poland and Rome is as witless as a postcard, its greeting something like ``Having a wonderful time, you won't believe the fuss being made over me.'' The visit to

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