The Modern Japanese Print by James A. Michener
An Appreciation

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Originally published in 1962 in a limited edition of 475 copies, The Modern Japanese Print—An Appreciation soon became a collector's item. Included
in the folio-sized volume were ten original woodblock prints by contemporary Japanese artists. The idea for this unique presentation had originated with James Michener who hoped to assist this little known group of dedicated men
achieve wider recognition. Well known for his best selling novels, Mr. Michener is no less at h o m e in the field of art criticism and has personally
assembled one of the finest collections of Japanese prints made in recent decades. The original works of art in The Modern Japanese Print were selected in a contest judged by art experts in the United States and Japan who sought
to find the best examples representing " t h e richness and p o w e r of the modern Japanese print m o v e m e n t . " T h r e e years of preparation preceded the book's publication and the result was a w o r k of literary and artistic importance. To give a much wider audience the opportunity to observe and study these outstanding prints, The Modern Japanese Print is now available
in a popularly priced version. The ten original woodblock prints are reproduced in full color; M r . Michener's text is retained completely. Aside from the artists whose works are shown, the author discusses many others who are contributing to the continuing development of this art form. James Michener's perceptive, informative introduction to modern Japanese printmaking, with commentary on each of the works, including full technical details, is written with critical acumen and notable prose.

About James A. Michener

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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 July 9, 2012 by Tuttle Publishing. 57 pages
Genres: History, Arts & Photography, Professional & Technical, Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Travel. Non-fiction

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