In 1948 James Michener won the Pulitzer Prize for his series of short stories entitled Tales of the South Pacific. 

Derived from his experience with the US Navy in the New Hebrides Islands during the Pacific Campaign of World War II, the fascinating stories focus on interactions between interconnected American characters and a variety of indigenous people, immigrants and colonists in the islands.

 

 

 

In 1949 the book was adapted by Rodgers and Hammerstein into the Broadway musical South Pacific. Here is a clip from a 2008 revival.

 

 

In 1958 it was produced as the movie South Pacific starring Rossano Brazzi and Mitzi Gaynor.