Born circa February 3, 1907, James A. Michener was taken in as an infant by his adoptive mother and later worked as a teacher and book editor. He won the Pulitzer Prize for his fiction debut Tales of the South Pacific (1947), which was adapted into a hit musical and film. Other works included The Source (1965), Texas (1985) and The Covenant (1980). A regular bestselling author, Michener died on October 16, 1997.
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