Random House published James A Michener's first novel, THE FIRES OF SPRING in 1949, the same year the author was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for TALES OF THE SOUTH PACIFIC. Prior to becoming a writer, Michener had been an outstanding academic, and editor and a US Navy lieutenant commander in the Pacific theatre during WW2. He is the author of international bestsellers such as Centennial, Caribbean, Texas, Alaska and Mexico. He died in 1997.
"Fascinating . . . stunning . . . [a] wonderful rampage through history . . . Biblical history, as seen through the eyes of a professor who is puzzled, appalled, delighted, enriched and impoverished by the spectacle of a land where all men are archeologists."--The New York Times
"A sweeping [novel] filled with excitement--pagan ritual, the clash of armies, ancient and modern: the evolving drama of man's faith."--The Philadelphia Inquirer "Magnificent . . . a superlative piece of writing both in scope and technique . . . one of the great books of this generation."--San Francisco Call Bulletin