Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

William L. Frank, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Massie C. Stinson, Jr. Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Ellery Sedgwick, Ph.D.


This thesis studies the works of James A. Michener as a social historian. Six of his novels, three international and three American, have been examined and shown to be reflections of his deep interest in our country and other lands. His works contain a vast amount of information about the regions or topics. Additionally, they provide the reader with a record of historical events in the manner expected of a historical work. The mind of James Michener has, indeed, created works that ring with beauty and truth. The novels examined in this thesis are infused with the moral sense of the author. He is, in the final analysis, not only one of our nation’s most popular contemporary writers, but he is also an artist who truly merits the title of social historian and citizen.



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