On February 3, 1907, American author James Albert Michener was born in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. Michener’s historical novels are well-known for being meticulously researched and full of geographic detail. His most famous book, Tales of the South Pacific, is based on his experiences in the Navy during World War II. The novel, which addressed wartime racism and culture clashes in Polynesia, was later adapted into a successful Broadway musical and film.Most of Michener’s long novels are focused on a specific geographic region, such as the Chesapeake Bay, Iberia Peninsula, Alaska, or Poland. The first part of these books is usually an account of how the region formed and developed, including tectonic activity, weathering and erosion, and climate patterns. Michener also provides descriptions of native plant and animal species. His stories often follow groups of people, usually families, through hundreds or even thousands of years of local history. This format allows Michener to incorporate science, social studies, and the arts—as well as romance, murder, and intrigue, of course—in a single, sweeping story.
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry climate Noun
all weather conditions for a given location over a period of time.
Encyclopedic Entry: climate culture Noun
learned behavior of people, including their languages, belief systems, social structures, institutions, and material goods.
act in which earth is worn away, often by water, wind, or ice.
Encyclopedic Entry: erosion incorporate Verb
to blend or bring together.
series of manipulations or secret plotting.
very detailed and precise.
fictional narrative or story.
island group in the Pacific Ocean between New Zealand, Hawaii, and Easter Island.
government or social system based on the belief that one ethnic group is superior to all others.
any area on Earth with one or more common characteristics. Regions are the basic units of geography.
Encyclopedic Entry: region tectonic activity Noun
movement of tectonic plates resulting in geologic activity such as volcanic eruptions and earthquakes.
the breaking down or dissolving of the Earth's surface rocks and minerals.
Encyclopedic Entry: weathering World War II Noun
(1939-1945) armed conflict between the Allies (represented by the United States, the United Kingdom, and the Soviet Union) and the Axis (represented by Germany, Italy, and Japan.)