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James Michener

a.k.a. James Albert Michener

Author Code: AJAM

Born: Feb. 3, 1907 - Doylestown, Pennsylvania, USA

Died: Oct. 16, 1997 - Austin, Texas, USA

Educated at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania, Michener graduated with a BA in English and History in 1929. He then travelled to Europe and studied at the University of St. Andrews. Returning to America, he began teaching English in Pennsylvania high schools before once again returning to his own education. He studied at Colorado State College of Education and received his MA in Education. He then taught there for a number of years before joining Harvard University as a Guest Lecturer in 1939. In 1940, he joined Macmillan Publishers as an editor. During the Second World War he served in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific. It was at this time that he began his writing career, accumulating notes and impressions that he would later turn into the highly successful Tales of the South Pacific (1947). The following year it was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Rodgers and Hammerstein then adapted it for the stage and produced the hit Broadway musical South Pacific. Michener became a best-selling author with over 75 million worldwide copies sold of his novels. In 1962 he ran unsuccessfully for Congress and, while he continued to be active in politics, he never ran again for public office. Michener was also involved in screenwriting and produced the TV series Adventures in Paradise in 1959. Having been on kidney dialysis for four years, he terminated the treatment and died a few weeks later from kidney failure at the age of ninety. His many works include The Voice of Asia (1951), The Bridges at Toko-Ri (1953), Sayonara (1954), Hawaii (1959), The Drifters (1971), Centennial (1974), Sports in America (1976), The Covenant (1980), Legacy (1987), Journey (1989), My Lost Mexico (1992) and Miracle in Seville (1995).

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