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Tales Of the South Pacific

By Michener, James a




Tales of the South Pacific is a Pulitzer Prize winning collection of sequentially related short stories about World War II, written by James A. Michener in 1946. The stories were based on observations and anecdotes he collected while stationed as a lieutenant commander in the US Navy on the island of Espiritu Santo in the New Hebrides Islands (now known as Vanuatu). The skipper of PT-105 met Michener while stationed at the PT boat base on Tulagi in the Solomon Islands. The stories take place in and surrounding the Coral Sea and the Solomons. Michener gives a first-person voice to several as an unnamed "Commander" performing duties similar to those he performed himself. The stories are interconnected by recurring characters and several loose plot lines (in particular, preparations and execution of a fictitious amphibious invasion code-named "Alligator") but focus on interactions between Americans and a variety of colonial, immigrant and indigenous characters. The chronology of the stories takes place from before the Battle of the Coral Sea in 1942 to early 1944. Although primarily about the U.S. Navy, most of the action is shore-based, and none concerns ships larger than an LCI. The musical play South Pacific, by Rodgers and Hammerstein, was based on these stories. Characters from the stories are merged and simplified to serve the format of the musical. For example, while the coastwatcher in the musical was portrayed as an American Marine (Lt. Cable) assisted by an ex-patriate French plantation owner (Emile de Becque), in the original story ("The Remittance Man"), the coastwatcher was an English ex-patriate assisted by his native companions. This coastwatcher is a disembodied voice on a short-wave radio, and is never seen by the characters in the story until his head is found impaled on a stake by a search-and-rescue party. The character of de Becque in the short story has eight mixed-race illegitimate daughters by four different women, none of whom he married, when he meets the nurse Ensign Nellie Forbush. In the musical, he has two legitimate mixed-race children by a woman whom he had married and who had died.


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Tales of the South Pacific

James A Michener

MacMillan, 1949. Hardcover. Near Fine/Very Good. The MacMillan Company, New York 1949. Seventh Printing of the First Edition. Cloth boards. Jacket priced at $3.00. Signed by James Michener at the front endpaper. Inscribed in 1951 "To Julian - a fine athlete and a valued friend." The Signature is Guaranteed Authentic. Book Condition: Near Fine, clean boards, tight spine, light shelf wear. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good+, light shelf wear, light spots. Wrapped in a new removable mylar cover.

$299.99


Tales of the South Pacific

James A Michener

MacMillan Company, 1947. Hardcover. Very Good/Good. MacMillan Company, New York 1947. First Edition / First Printing. Stated First Printing, no additional printings. Orange cloth boards. In the illustrated jacket. Book Condition: Very Good, clean boards, tight spine. Light shelf wear, missing front endpaper, age toning. Dust Jacket Condition: Good-, price clipped, shelf wear. Chipping, age toning, tape repair at the verso. Wrapped in a new removable mylar cover.

$289.99


Tales of the South Pacific

Michener, James A. (James Albert), 1907-1997. ; William Franklin Draper

Franklin Center, Pa. : Franklin Library, 1975, 1975. Book. As New. Hardcover. 413 p., [26] leaves of plates : col. ill. ; 23 cm. ; LCCN: 76-364690 ; LC: PZ3.M583; PS3525.I19; Dewey: 813/.5/4 ; OCLC: 2309228 ; "A Limited edition" ; full green leather with gold lettering and designs ; all edges gilt ; silk moire endpapers ; Illustrations byWilliam Franklin Draper ; "The tales are told by a young naval officer whose duties on an admiral's staff take him up and down the islands. He meets many people, both service men and the original inhabitants, and hears their stories - the remittance man who lived among the Japanese and, radioed their movements until one fatal and dramatic morning; Bloody Mary, the Tonkinese woman who introduced her daughter to a young Marine lieutenant; Emile de Becque, the French planter who fell in love with an American nurse; Tony Fry, the individualist who fought a very personal war in his own very effective way; Lieutenant Bill Harbison, who lived like a hero but turned out to be a louse; and the young enlisted man from Ohio who was going to pieces on one of the islands until a Sea Bee gave him a reason for living.Because Mr. Michener was there, he is able to reproduce exactly the mood and atmosphere of the early critical days of the Pacific War. Because, in addition, he has a lively imagination and inventive power, he has turned this raw material into stories that will be eagerly read for their dramatization of the greatest adventure of our generation." ; AS NEW .

$175.00


Tales of the South Pacific

James A. Michener

Macmillan Company, 1947-01-01. First Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Very Good. Hardcover: 326 pages, Macmillan Company (1947), English, 8.3 x 5.7 x 1.2 inches. An unread copy that is in excellent condition! The boards are square and straight. The text is clean and bright. The jacket shows shelf rubbing on the front bottom corner and on the bottom edge of the spine. The top of the spine has clear tape on the edge. It is now well protected by new mylar cover. Get it fast! DOMESTIC & INTERNATIONAL EXPEDITED SHIPPING is available for this item.Same or next Postal business day shipping. All orders securely packaged. Domestic orders include USPS Tracking

$149.95

Tales of the South Pacific

James A. Michener

New York: The Macmillan Company, 1949 dust jacket has a small tear on cover and is NOT price clipped, rubbed on edges, previous owners name written on first front end page. shelf MM-7

$76.99

Talesof the South Pacific

James A. Michener

Fawcett Publications. Very Good-. 1947. First Printing. Paperback. Yellowing pages reinforced spine cover scuffing; Original paperback publication with original artwork ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 384 pages .

$67.50

Tales of the South Pacific: LARGE PRINT EDITION

James A. Michener

The MacMillan Company. Used - Acceptable. Binding is slightly damaged and/or book has some loose pages. No missing pages. 100% Money Back Guarantee. Shipped to over one million happy customers. Your purchase benefits world literacy!

$55.91

Tales of the South Pacific: LARGE PRINT EDITION

James A. Michener

The MacMillan Company. Used - Good. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. 100% Money Back Guarantee. Shipped to over one million happy customers. Your purchase benefits world literacy!

$55.91


Tales of the South Pacific

James A Michener

Reader's Digest Association, 1995-01-01. Reader's Digest Edition. Hardcover. New. Buy with confidence. Excellent Customer Service & Return policy. Ships Fast. Expedite Shipping Available.

$55.69

Tales of the South Pacific

James A. Michener

New York, New York: Macmillan Company, 1947. Dingy water stained cloth covered boards. Bumped corners. Ink gift inscription. Book store sticker inside cover. Cracked hinge. Off white pages.. First Edition. Hardcover. Fair/None. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$55.00

Tales of the South Pacific: LARGE PRINT EDITION

James A. Michener

The MacMillan Company. Used - Acceptable. Binding is slightly damaged and/or book has some loose pages. No missing pages. 100% Money Back Guarantee. Shipped to over one million happy customers. Your purchase benefits world literacy!

$51.94

Tales of the South Pacific: LARGE PRINT EDITION

James A. Michener

The MacMillan Company. Used - Good. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. 100% Money Back Guarantee. Shipped to over one million happy customers. Your purchase benefits world literacy!

$51.94

Tales of the South Pacific

James A. Michener

G K Hall & Co, 1981-12. Hardcover. Acceptable. Buy with confidence. Excellent Customer Service & Return policy. Ships Fast. Expedite Shipping Available.

$46.69

Tales of The South Pacific

James A. Michener

Macmillian Company, 1949. This book is in very good condition. The binding is tight and pages are clean. Age toned. The light brown cover with dark blue lettering and design has bumps and scuffs. It has been corner bumped.. Hard Cover. Very Good.

$39.00

The Razor's Edge

W. Somerset Maugham

Doubleday Doran. 1944. First Edition. Stated first edition. No dustjacket. Good condition.

$36.00

Tales of the South Pacific

James A. Michener

New York: The Macmillan Company, 1947. Third Printing. Hardcover. Very Good -. Illustrated rust cloth, navy lettering and design, previous owner's name printed on front free end-paper, inner front hinge starting, text lightly age-toned, 326pp., Full refund if not satisfied.

$30.00

Tales of the South Pacific

James A. Michener

The MacMillan Company, 1947 This is a beautiful facsimile/reprint of James A. Michener's first Book. There is no price on unclipped DJ. There is no mention of the BOMC. Stated first printing. Unmarked. DJ has only minor wear and a couple of tiny tears (less than 1/4") on edge.

$26.96

Tales of the South Pacific

James A Michener

Ishi Press. Used - Acceptable. Ships from the UK. Former Library book. Shows definite wear, and perhaps considerable marking on inside. 100% Money Back Guarantee. Your purchase also supports literacy charities.

$24.93

Tales of the South Pacific

James A Michener

FAWCETT CREST. Paperback. VeryGood. ,VG, Softcover, P1790Satisfaction Guaranteed, International Shipping, Photos upon request

$11.54

Tales of the South Pacific

James A. Michener

Fawcett Crest, 1992. Mass Market Paperback. VeryGood. ,VG, SoftcoverSatisfaction Guaranteed, International Shipping, Photos upon request

$10.99