James A. Michener was one of the world's most popular writers, the author of more than forty books of fiction and nonfiction, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning Tales of the South Pacific, the bestselling novels The Source, Hawaii, Alaska, Chesapeake, Centennial, Texas, Caribbean, and Caravans, and the memoir The World Is My Home. Michener served on the advisory council to NASA and the International Broadcast Board, which oversees the Voice of America. Among dozens of awards and honors, he received America's highest civilian award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, in 1977, and an award from the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities in 1983 for his commitment to art in America. Michener died in 1997 at the age of ninety.
Praise for James A. Michener and Tales of the South
"Truly one of the most remarkable books to come out of [World War II] . . . Michener is a born storyteller."--The New York Times
"Riveting and emotional . . . Ever since James Michener
wrote Tales of the South Pacific, the dreamers among us have been
searching for our own Bali Ha'i."--The Washington Post
"Atmospheric . . . [Tales of the South Pacific marks] the beginning of Michener's long exploration of what happens when cultures connect, or fail to."--Los Angeles Times "Few writers changed the face of American fiction as profoundly as did James Michener."--San Francisco Chronicle