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James A. Michener
Part travelogue, part history, part fictional adventure, James Michener's heavily researched books edify as they entertain. He began his career with the book that would become the musical South Pacific, but he ended it as one of the century's most popular -- and prolific -- novelists.

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James A. Michener
Also Known As:
James Albert Michener (full name)
Date of Birth:
February 3, 1907
Date of Death:
October 16, 1997
Place of Death:
Austin, Texas
B.A. in English and history (summa cum laude), Swarthmore College, 1929; A.M., University of Northern Colorado, 1937.
Pulitzer Prize for Tales of the South Pacific, 1948

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Selected Novels

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								Tales of the South Pacific, Author: 
								James A. Michener.

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Tales of the South Pacific
by James A. Michener
Less expansive than his other volumes, Michener's first, Pulitzer-winning novel is a good introduction to the author's ability to combine story with sense of place. Michener offered more island adventure in a second collection, Return to Paradise.

*  Return to Paradise
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								Hawaii, Author: 
								James A. Michener.
*  Tales of the South Pacific (1947)
*  Hawaii (1959)
*  The Source (1965)
*  Alaska (1968)
*  Chesapeake (1978)
*  The Covenant (1980)
*  Texas (1985)

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American History, Michener Style

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								Alaska, Author: 
								James A. Michener.

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by James A. Michener
Michener's novels are differentiated by subject, not by style, character, or story; so it's possible to pick a geographical area you want to know about -- make that "want to know a lot about" -- and plunge right in. Alaska starts with the state's 18th-century beginnings and moves forward to its modern struggles.

*  Chesapeake   by James A. Michener
*  Hawaii   by James A. Michener
*  Texas   by James A. Michener

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Journeys to Spain

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								The Source, Author: 
								James A. Michener.

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The Source
by James A. Michener
Readers looking for insight into the conflicts in the Middle East are seeking out this 1965 title from Michener, which dramatizes the history of the Holy Land from the early collision of Christianity with Judaism up to the founding of Israel. The New York Times called it a "wonderful rampage through history."

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								Iberia: Spanish Travels & Reflections, Author: 
								James A. Michener, Robert Vavra (Photographer).

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Iberia: Spanish Travels & Reflections
by James A. Michener, Robert Vavra (Photographer)
Michener departed from the usual guise of fiction for this travelogue, a perfect introduction to this spiritual, lively, lush country. Continue the visit with the short, fictional Miracle in Seville, a novel about an American journalist's experience during the town's Holy Week.

*Miracle in Seville  by James A. Michener, John Fulton (Illustrator)