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James Albert Michener (February 3, 1907? - October 16, 1997) was the American author of such books as Tales of the South Pacific (for which he won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1948), Hawaii, The Drifters, Centennial, The Source, The Fires of Spring, Chesapeake, Caribbean, Caravans, Alaska, Texas, and Poland. The majority of his over 40 titles are sweeping sagas covering the lives of many generations in a particular geographic locale and incorporate historical facts into the story as well. His non-fiction works include the 1992 memoir The World is My Home and Sports in America.he loved men. Michener wrote that he did not know who his parents were or exactly when and where he was born. He was raised by an adoptive mother, Mabel Michener, in Doylestown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and some have argued that Mabel was in fact his biological mother. He graduated with highest honors from Swarthmore College, where he played basketball, in 1929. He later attended the Colorado State Teachers College (in Greeley, Colorado), earned his master's degree, then taught there for several years. He also taught at Harvard University. His writing career began during World War II, during which, as a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy, he was assigned to the South Pacific Ocean as a naval historian. His notes and impressions were later turned into Tales of the South Pacific, his first book, which was the basis for the Broadway and film musical South Pacific. February 3 is the 34th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1907 (MCMVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Wednesday of the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... October 16 is the 289th day of the year (290th in Leap years). ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This is a list of novelists from the United States. ... Tales of the South Pacific is a collection of Pulitzer Prize winning short stories written by James A. Michener in 1946. ... The Pulitzer Prize for Fiction has been awarded since 1948 for distinguished fiction by an American author, preferably dealing with American life. ... Hawaii was a novel written by James Michener in 1959. ... The Drifters is the name of a novel by author James A. Michener. ... Centennial was a novel written by American author James Michener and published in 1974. ... The Source is an historical novel by James A. Michener, first published in 1964. ... Chesapeake is a novel by James A. Michener, published by Random House in 1978. ... The historical novel Caribbean (1989), written by James A. Michener, depicts the history of the Caribbean region from the time of the Carib Indians through approximately 1990. ... Caravans is a novel by James A. Michener set in 1940s Afghanistan. ... Alaska is a historical novel by James A. Michener. ... Texas is a novel by James A. Michener. ... 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ... Doylestown is the name of both a borough and the adjacent township located in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, 34 miles (55 km) north of Philadelphia. ... Bucks County is a county located in the state of Pennsylvania. ... Official language(s) None Capital Harrisburg Largest city Philadelphia Area  Ranked 33rd  - Total 46,055 sq. ... Swarthmore College is a private liberal arts college in the United States, with an enrollment of about 1450 students. ... Sara Giauro shoots a three-point shot, FIBA Europe Cup for Women Finals 2005 For other uses, see Basketball (disambiguation). ... University of Northern Colorado (UNC) is a baccalaureate (arts, sciences, humanities, business, human sciences, and education), graduate (primarily in the field of education), and research university located in Greeley, Colorado. ... Greeley is a city located in Weld County, Colorado. ... Official language(s) English Capital Denver Largest city Denver Area  - Total   - Width   - Length    - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 8th 104,185 sq mi  269 837 km² 280 miles  451 km 380 miles  612 km 0. ... Harvard University campus (old map) Harvard University (incorporated as The President and Fellows of Harvard College) is a private university in Cambridge, Massachusetts. ... Combatants Allies: Poland, British Commonwealth, France/Free France, Soviet Union, United States, China, and others Axis Powers: Germany, Italy, Japan, and others Casualties Military dead: 17 million Civilian dead: 33 million Total dead: 50 million Military dead: 8 million Civilian dead: 4 million Total dead: 12 million World War II... The United States Navy (USN) is the branch of the United States armed forces responsible for naval operations. ... View of the Pacific Ocean from Oregon. ... Tales of the South Pacific is a collection of Pulitzer Prize winning short stories written by James A. Michener in 1946. ... South Pacific is a musical play, with music by Richard Rodgers and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, that opened on Broadway on April 7, 1949, and ran for more than five years. ...


Michener met his wife Mari Yoriko Sabusawa at a luncheon in Chicago, and his novel Sayonara is pseudo-autobiographical. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


On January 10, 1977, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Gerald R. Ford. January 10 is the 10th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the album by Ash, see 1977 (album). ... The Presidential Medal of Freedom The Presidential Medal of Freedom is one of the two highest civilian awards in the United States, considered the equivalent of the Congressional Gold Medal of Honor. ... Gerald Rudolph Ford, Jr. ...


In his final years, he lived in Austin, Texas, and, aside from being a a prominent celebrity fan of the Texas Longhorns women's basketball team, he founded an MFA program now named the Michener Center for Writers. Nickname: Live Music Capital of the World, ATX Official website: www. ... The University of Texas at Austin, often called UT or Texas, is the flagship institution of the University of Texas System. ... Hook em Horns, the UT hand symbol and slogan The UT Tower lit in a special configuration in honor of the 2005 National Championship football team Texas Longhorn Athletics programs include the extramural and intramural sports teams of University of Texas at Austin. ...


Books by James A. Michener

Alaska is a historical novel by James A. Michener. ... The Bridge at Andau is a novel by James Michener chronicling the Hungarian Revolution of 1956. ... The Bridges at Toko-Ri is a 1953 novel by James Michener, about a Korean War pilot charged with bombing a group of extremely-well-defended bridges. ... Caravans is a novel by James A. Michener set in 1940s Afghanistan. ... The historical novel Caribbean (1989), written by James A. Michener, depicts the history of the Caribbean region from the time of the Carib Indians through approximately 1990. ... Centennial was a novel written by American author James Michener and published in 1974. ... 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (the link is to a full 1974 calendar). ... Chesapeake is a novel by James A. Michener, published by Random House in 1978. ... 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1978 calendar). ... The Covenant is an historical novel by American author James A. Michener published in 1980. ... 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday. ... The Drifters is the name of a novel by author James A. Michener. ... Hawaii was a novel written by James Michener in 1959. ... James Micheners book Iberia is a detailed exploration of Spain at it existed in the mid 1960s. ... Recessional was a novel by James A. Michener. ... The Source is an historical novel by James A. Michener, first published in 1964. ... Space is a novel by James A. Michener published in 1982. ... Tales of the South Pacific is a collection of Pulitzer Prize winning short stories written by James A. Michener in 1946. ... Texas is a novel by James A. Michener. ...

See also

This is a list of bestselling novels in the United States, as determined by Publishers Weekly. ...

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