Inscribed first edition of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about the Pacific campaign of WWII, adapted into a Rodgers and Hammerstein musical and a film.
Near fine in very good restored dust jacket.
TALES OF THE SOUTH PACIFIC
"Any friend of Robby's is a friend of mine; BECAUSE I know what you have to put up with, pal." – inscription by Michener
James A. Michener's first novel was inspired by his time in the US Navy during the Second World War, serving in the Pacific theater. It is notable for how it addresses US racism towards Asian and Black people, decrying it as both morally reprehensible and harmful to military unity. After winning the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1948, it was adapted into the now-classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, which itself was adapted into an Oscar-winning film. An American classic with a delightful inscription.
New York: The Macmillan Company, 1947. 8.5'' x 5.5''. Original brown cloth binding with blue spine titles. Original unclipped ($3.00) color pictorial dust jacket with illustration by J. OH. Cosgrave II. 326 pages. Inscribed by Michener to front pastedown, dated 28 January 1947. Jacket restored, with some soiling to panels and a bit of cockling. Leaves toned to margins, as typical. Shows nicely.
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