James A. Michener was born in Pennsylvania, United States on February 3, 1907 and died on October 16, 1997. James Michener was an American author of more than 40 books, the majority of which were fictional, lengthy family sagas covering the lives of many generations in particular geographic locales and incorporating solid history. He is best known for his sweeping multi-generation historical fiction sagas, usually focusing on and titled after a particular geographical region. His first novel, Tales of the South Pacific won the 1948 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James A. Michener has written many books including The Source, Tales of South Pacific and Caravans. The U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation awarded Michener its Lone Sailor Award for his naval service and his literary achievements.