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Random House published James A Michener's first novel, THE FIRES OF SPRING in 1949, the same year the author was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for TALES OF THE SOUTH PACIFIC. Prior to becoming a writer, Michener had been an outstanding academic, and editor and a US Navy lieutenant commander in the Pacific theatre during WW2. He is the author of international bestsellers such as Centennial, Caribbean, Texas, Alaska and Mexico. He died in 1997.
"A mammoth epic of the islands, a vast panorama, wonderful" Baltimore Sun