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James A. Michener

1907 - 1997

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James Albert Michener ( or ; February 3, 1907 – October 16, 1997) was an American writer. He wrote more than 40 books, most of which were long, fictional family sagas covering the lives of many generations in particular geographic locales and incorporating detailed history. Many of his works were bestsellers and were chosen by the Book of the Month Club; he was known for the meticulous research that went into his books.Michener's books include Tales of the South Pacific, for which he won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1948; Hawaii; The Drifters; Centennial; The Source; The Fires of Spring; Chesapeake; Caribbean; Caravans; Alaska; Texas; Space; Poland; and The Bridges at Toko-ri. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of James A. Michener has received more than 1,421,731 page views. His biography is available in 35 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 33 in 2019). James A. Michener is the 2,842nd most popular writer (up from 3,017th in 2019), the 3,704th most popular biography from United States (up from 3,893rd in 2019) and the 342nd most popular American Writer.

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Among writers, James A. Michener ranks 2,842 out of 5,755Before him are Edwin Arnold, S. N. Goenka, Katherine Jackson, Abraham Sutzkever, Johann Ernst Glück, and Ephraim Chambers. After him are Asadi Tusi, Yuli Daniel, Bernhard Grzimek, Thomas Kyd, Mihály Vörösmarty, and Joan Brossa.

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Among people born in 1907, James A. Michener ranks 150Before him are L. Sprague de Camp, Ita Rina, Géza von Radványi, Roberto Cherro, Béla Barényi, and Miguel Torga. After him are James M. Gavin, Philip Arthur Fisher, Jean Carzou, Roman Rudenko, Rosalind Russell, and Daigoro Kondo. Among people deceased in 1997, James A. Michener ranks 125Before him are Lev Kopelev, Colonel Tom Parker, Lam Ching-ying, Maria Prymachenko, Juzo Itami, and Béla Barényi. After him are King Hu, Giorgio Strehler, Ella Maillart, Brian Keith, Anatoliy Banishevskiy, and Francisco Aramburu.

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Among people born in United States, James A. Michener ranks 3,704 out of 18,182Before him are Rick Hoffman (1970), Katherine Jackson (1930), Ann Miller (1923), John Milius (1944), Jennifer Morrison (1979), and Vince Neil (1961). After him are Grover Washington Jr. (1943), Ansel Adams (1902), Paula Abdul (1962), Lois Smith (1930), James M. Gavin (1907), and Russ Tamblyn (1934).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, James A. Michener ranks 342Before him are Hubert Selby Jr. (1928), H.D. (1886), Leon Uris (1924), Andre Norton (1912), Lucia Berlin (1936), and Katherine Jackson (1930). After him are Booker T. Washington (1856), Andrea Dworkin (1946), Philip Arthur Fisher (1907), William Goldman (1931), Anne Applebaum (1964), and Gary Snyder (1930).