Tales of the South Pacific

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Fawcett Crest, 1982 - Fiction - 384 pages
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The stories upon which the Broadway musical "South Pacific" is based explore the people and beauty of the Pacific's Coral Islands as seen though the eyes of a young naval lieutenent.

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Discovered this book browsing books being let go by an American/European expat who was repatriating. I was completely unaware of Michener and the success of Tales of teh South Pacific in Broadway and ... Read full review

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This novel epitomizes the well-known Army mantra “Hurry up and wait.” This is not a novel of action and heroism, it's a novel of humanity and what happens when men are forced to wait for their chance ... Read full review


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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.

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