My Lost Mexico

My Lost Mexico

by James A. Michener
     
 

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Michener tells the poignant story of how he dreamed of writing an epic novel of Mexico, actually wrote most of the novel, and lost the manuscript. Its discovery 30 years later led to the recent bestseller Mexico. Also includes the never-before published novella The Texas Girls.  See more details below

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Michener tells the poignant story of how he dreamed of writing an epic novel of Mexico, actually wrote most of the novel, and lost the manuscript. Its discovery 30 years later led to the recent bestseller Mexico. Also includes the never-before published novella The Texas Girls.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this intermittently interesting portrait of a writer's mind at work, Michener reconstructs the birth of his recently published novel Mexico , which he had originally abandoned in 1961. He blames the novel's derailment on a mocking editorial suggestion by Bennett Cerf, then his publisher at Random House, which caused him to lose control of the story's diverse strands. Misplaced for three decades, the lost manuscript turned up in 1991 and Michener completed the multigenerational saga centering on a three-day bullfighting festival. Discussing the ``colossal'' writer's blocks he has faced over the years, Michener offers advice to aspiring writers as he describes his many trips to Mexico, divulges his sources of inspiration and relives the writing of Mexico with the aid of reproduced journal pages, workbook entries and photographs. (Dec.)
Booknews
Published by State House Press, PO Box 15247, Austin, TX 78761. Michener narrates the history of his novel Mexico, the first half of which was written 1959-61. Michener laid it aside, defeated by a constructive criticism from his pubisher, Bennett Cerf. Three decades later, he finished the novel; and his description of evolving ideas gives us a glimpse of how he works. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780812534375
Publisher:
Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC
Publication date:
12/15/1993
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
4.16(w) x 6.74(h) x 0.65(d)

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