Return to Paradise (short story collection)

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Return to Paradise
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First edition
Author James A. Michener
Country United States
Language English
Publisher Random House
Publication date
Media type print
Pages 437pp.

Return to Paradise (1951) is a collection of short stories written by American author James A. Michener. The collection is a sequel to the Pulitzer Prize-winning book Tales of the South Pacific, the collection that launched his career in 1947. In Return to Paradise, Michener revisits the islands and cultures of the South Pacific in the late 1940s, combining factual descriptions and tales set in such exotic places as Tahiti, Fiji, New Zealand, and Australia.


"The Mighty Ocean"
"The Atoll"
"Povenaa's Daughter"
"The Mynah Birds"
"The Story"
"Espiritu Santo"
"The Good Life"
"New Zealand"
"Until They Sail"
"The Jungle"
"New Guinea"
"The Fossickers"
"What I Learned"

Film adaptations[edit]

The story "Mr. Morgan" from Return to Paradise was made into a film of the same name in 1953 by United Artists. Starring Gary Cooper and Roberta Haynes, it was directed by Mark Robson, who also brought The Bridges at Toko-Ri, another Michener book, to screen one year later.

The story "Until They Sail" was filmed in 1957 as Until They Sail with Paul Newman and Jean Simmons and was directed by Robert Wise.