MICHAEL SHAARA

MICHAEL SHAARA
Michael ShaaraMichael Shaara was born in 1928 in Jersey City, New Jersey, the son of Italian immigrants (“Shaara” was originally spelled “Sciarra”). He graduated from Rutgers University and it was during his college days that he knew his one goal was to become a writer.

In the early 1950’s, Michael published a number of award-winning science-fiction short stories in the most popular pulp magazines of the day. He later began writing straight fiction, and published more than 70 short stories in such magazines as Playboy, Redbook, Cosmopolitan, The Saturday Evening Post, and many others. Two of his stories were produced as television dramas in the late 1950’s.

Moving his wife Helen and young son Jeff to Florida in the mid-1950’s, he began to teach English, literature and creative writing at Florida State University in Tallahassee. Soon after, his daughter, Lila was born.

Always a writer first, and a teacher second, Michael continued to write short stories, but always he knew there was a larger work to be pursued. Throughout the early 1960’s he worked on his first novel, a deeply brooding story of a soldier who returns home from the Korean War and becomes a prizefighter. In 1968, The Broken Place was published by New American Library. While critics admired the style and the content of the book, it was a commercial disappointment. Though hit hard by the lack of public interest in The Broken Place, Michael’s drive to write continued. Reflecting on an extraordinary experience with his family visiting the battlefield at Gettysburg, Michael became obsessed with telling the story of that momentous event through the eyes of the main characters themselves, something that had never been done. After seven years, the manuscript for The Killer Angelswas completed. Teaching during the day, writing late into the night, relying on a steady dose of cigarettes and coffee, Michael’s lifestyle, and his deep involvement with his story took a toll. In 1965 he suffered a major heart attack, at only 36 years of age.

To Michael’s disappointment, The Killer Angels was rejected by the first fifteen publishers who saw the manuscript. Finally, in 1973, it was bought by the small independent publisher, The David McKay Company, who was subsequently bought by Random House. Michael’s second novel received very little attention, and mixed reviews, thus it was a shock to both Michael and the literary community when the announcement was made that The Killer Angels had been awarded the 1975 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

But the disappointment continued. The Killer Angels never enjoyed commercial success, and to Michael’s dismay, it seemed that there was very little audience for a personalized story of our nation’s most horrible chapter. His writing veered off in different directions. Always active in the turbulent political climate that surrounded Florida State University in the 1960s, Michael penned a novel that focused on a violent confrontation between radical students and the “establshment”. Though beautifully written, the novel never ofund a publisher. Then, after suffering the effects of a devastating motorcycle accident, Michael struggled to maintain the quality of his writing, and was able to publish one more novel, The Herald in 1981. But that book never found an audience, and Michael changed course again, writing a baseball novel, that, to his enormous dismay, no one in New York wanted to publish.

After a prolonged decline in his health, Michael suffered his second heart attack, this one fatal. On May 5, 1988, the long and often frustrating writing career of Michael Shaara ended. However, the legacy of his work did not die with the author. Five years later, the film “Gettysburg” was released, propelling The Killer Angelsto number one on the New York Times Bestseller List (19 years after its publication!). And, rediscovering the manuscript of the baseball story in Michael’s files, his two children secured an agent who presented it again to the New York publishing community. Carroll & Graf published it in 1991. Titled For Love of the Game, the wonderful story was optioned by Universal Studios, and was released in theaters September 1999 as a major motion picture starring Kevin Costner and Kelly Preston.

.Thus does the author’s legacy continue for future generations.

As Seen on “HISTORY CHANNEL”
From The Producers of the Acclaimed
Television Series CIVIL WAR JOURNAL

“MICHAEL SHAARA-
THE SOUL OF A WRITER”
A dramatic biography on the Author
of The Killer Angels

(VHS documentary)

The Killer Angels is considered by many to be the best Civil War novel ever written. It was a national bestseller, earned the 1975 Pulitzer Prize, and was the basis for the popular film “Gettysburg.” Yet little is known about the book’s author Michael Shaara.

This video traces the highlights of Shaara’s dramatic and multifaceted life, from his promising youth in Jersey City to his stints as a paratrooper, amateur boxer, policeman and teacher…from the triumph of winning the Pulitzer Prize to the tragedy of a motor cycle accident that left him brain damaged until his untimely death in 1988.

Through unprecedented access to the Shaara family archives and intimate interviews with Shaara’s widow, Helen, his daughter, Lila and son, Jeff, this documentary offers personal insights into the man who brought the battle of Gettysburg to life for millions of readers. This program is must viewing for anyone who is a Civil War buff, a reader of classic literature or a lover of American family sagas.

This 60 minute VHS documentary is narrated by distinguished actor Kevin Conway and produced by Greystone Communications Group, Inc.

Michael Shaara's Video Biography

This video traces the highlights of Shaara’s dramatic and multifaceted life, from his promising youth in Jersey City to his stints as a paratrooper, amateur boxer, policeman and teacher…from the triumph of winning the Pulitzer Prize to the tragedy of a motor cycle accident that left him brain damaged until his untimely death in 1988.

 

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Also see http://www.broward.org/library/bienes/pages/bienesshaara.aspx

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from http://www.selfgrowth.com/experts/craig_lock.html About the Author Craig has a 'passion' for writing books that tell stories about people doing positive things in this often so hard, sometimes unkind world, occasionally cruel, yet always amazing world - true stories that leave the reader feeling uplifted, empowered and hopefully even inspired. https://www.createspace.com/3779691/ and http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4 Craig Lock loves to encourage and empower people to be the best they can possibly be, and to create what they want in life. Craig has learnt plenty from the "school of life" (still "battered and bruised") and also from a few "hard knocks on the head". He is an extensive world traveller (on a "shoestring budget") and failed professional emigrater who has spent most of his life’s savings on airfares. He is still sliding down the razor blade of life on the beautiful undiscovered island that is New Zealand, somewhere near the bottom (rude!) of the world near Antarctica. There he talks to the 60 million sheep! Craig has been involved in the corporate world (life assurance) for over twenty years in South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. However, through a strange set of circumstances and finding himself in a small town near the bottom of the world ...and with nothing else to do, he started writing. That was five years ago. Five published books later and having written another twenty manuscripts (on widely differing subjects - well what else is there to do here?)... this is where Craig is in the "journey/adventure" that is life. Craig has taught at the local Polytechnic, as well as running a successful creative writing course (not teaching sheep!). He was the author of (as far as we know) the first creative writing course on the internet Craig has many varied interests and passions. He is particularly interested in the field of psychology – studying the human mind and what makes different people "tick-tock grandfather clock". He is fascinated by the "overlap between psychology and the dimension of spirituality". One of his missions in life is helping people make the most of their hidden potential and so finding their niche in life... so that they are happy. Craig’s various books probably tell more about his rather "eventful" life best (no one could believe it!). He writes books with serious messages and themes, then as a contrast "rather crazy, wacky stuff"…to keep him sane here. As an ‘anonymouse’ person wrote: "All of us are born mad; some of us remain so." Well nothing else much happens in quiet provincial New Zealand, other than headlines like "Golf Ball Thrown at Policeman" and "Beach Toilet Closed for Season.". True! from http://www.selfgrowth.com/experts/craig_lock.html Craig has a 'passion' for writing books that tell stories about people doing positive things in this often so hard, sometimes unkind world, occasionally cruel, yet always amazing world - true stories that leave the reader feeling uplifted, empowered and hopefully even inspired. https://www.createspace.com/3779691/ and http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4 from http://www.selfgrowth.com/experts/craig_lock.html and http://www.selfgrowth.com/experts/craig-lock Craig Lock loves to encourage and empower people to be the best they can possibly be, and to create what they want in life. Craig has learnt plenty from the "school of life" (still "battered and bruised") and also from a few "hard knocks on the head". He is an extensive world traveller (on a "shoestring budget") and failed professional emigrater who has spent most of his lifes savings on airfares. He is still sliding down the razor blade of life on the beautiful undiscovered island that is New Zealand, somewhere near the bottom (rude!) of the world near Antarctica. There he talks to the 60 million sheep! Craig has been involved in the corporate world (life assurance) for over twenty years in South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. However, through a strange set of circumstances and finding himself in a small town near the bottom of the world ...and with nothing else to do, he started writing. That was five years ago. Five published books later and having written another twenty manuscripts (on widely differing subjects - well what else is there to do here?)... this is where Craig is in the "journey/adventure" that is life. Craig has taught at the local Polytechnic, as well as running a successful creative writing course (not teaching sheep!). He was the author of (as far as we know) the first creative writing course on the internet Craig has many varied interests and passions. He is particularly interested in the field of psychology – studying the human mind and what makes different people "tick-tock grandfather clock". He is fascinated by the "overlap between psychology and the dimension of spirituality". One of his missions in life is helping people make the most of their hidden potential and so finding their niche in life... so that they are happy. Craig’s various books probably tell more about his rather "eventful" life best (no one could believe it!). He writes books with serious messages and themes, then as a contrast "rather crazy, wacky stuff"…to keep him sane here. As an ‘anonymouse’ person wrote: "All of us are born mad; some of us remain so." Well nothing else much happens in quiet provincial New Zealand, other than headlines like "Golf Ball Thrown at Policeman" (it missed, btw!) and "Beach Toilet Closed for Season." True! The various books* that Craig “felt inspired to write” are available at ebooks (digital books) http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4 http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=la_B005GGMAW4_sr?rh=i:books&field-author=Craig+Lock Paperbacks (see https://goldendawnpublishing.wordpress.com/2016/12/20/paperback-writer/ and https://wanttowriteabook.wordpress.com/2013/06/07/paperback-writer-the-beatles/ https://www.createspace.com/pub/simplesitesearch.search.do?sitesearch_query="craig+lock"&sitesearch_type=STORE https://www.amazon.com/Craig-Lock/e/B005GGMAW4/ref=pe_584750_33951330_sr_tc_2_0?qid=1476388259&sr=1-2-ent http://www.creativekiwis.com/index.php/books and http://goo.gl/vTpjk All proceeds go to needy and underprivileged children – MINE! “When the writer is no more , the value of your purchase will soar! “ “Together, one mind, one life (one small step at a time), let’s see how many people (and lives) we can encourage, impact, empower, enrich, uplift and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials…and strive for and perhaps one sunny day even achieve their wildest dreams.” PPS Don’t worry about the world ending today… as it’s already tomorrow in scenic and tranquil ‘little’ New Zealand
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