James A. Michener (1907–1997) was an American author, best known for multi-generational works of historical fiction. His most famous novels include Hawaii, Chesapeake, Texas, Alaska, The Fires of Spring, and Tales of the South Pacific, for which he won a Pulitzer Prize in 1948 and which was adapted into the Broadway musical South Pacific in 1949. Born in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Michener wrote more than forty books before his death at age 90 in Austin, Texas.
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