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John Jakes was born in Chicago in 1932. He studied acting at Northwestern University, where he began writing professionally during his freshman year. Later he enrolled in a creative writing program at DePauw University and received a master's degree in American literature from Ohio State University. Early in his career Jakes wrote copy for a pharmaceutical company and various ad agencies, and authored dozens of short stories encompassing western, mystery and science fiction themes. In March 1973, Jakes commenced work on The Kent Family Chronicles, a multi-volume set portraying American history through the lives of a fictional family. Later works include North and South (1982), California Gold (1989), Homeland (1993), and American Dreams. Six of his major novels have been filmed as television miniseries, and North and South remains one of the highest rated miniseries in the history of television. Jakes is actively involved in the adaptation of North and South for the Broadway stage. John Jakes has been hailed as the godfather of the historical novel, and America's history teacher. (Bowker Author Biography)
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John William Jakes (b. 1932), American author of fantasy, science fiction, westerns, and historical fiction. Although Jakes uses the name Alan Payne, there are other authors in LT named Alan Payne. Please do not combine them.

North and South 1,918 copies, 25 reviews
Love and War 1,295 copies, 15 reviews
Heaven and Hell 1,178 copies, 5 reviews
The Bastard 1,097 copies, 18 reviews
The Rebels 826 copies, 7 reviews
The Seekers 768 copies, 4 reviews
The Furies 738 copies, 3 reviews
The Titans 687 copies, 7 reviews
The Warriors 685 copies, 3 reviews
The Lawless 636 copies, 2 reviews
The Americans 617 copies, 4 reviews
Homeland 535 copies, 5 reviews
Charleston 516 copies, 3 reviews
California Gold 514 copies, 5 reviews
On Secret Service 442 copies, 5 reviews
Savannah or A Gift For Mr Lincoln 416 copies, 7 reviews
American Dreams 374 copies, 3 reviews
The Gods of Newport 326 copies, 11 reviews
Mention My Name in Atlantis 153 copies, 5 reviews
When the Star Kings Die 141 copies, 2 reviews
Brak the Barbarian 139 copies, 3 reviews
Excalibur! 90 copies, 2 reviews
A Century of Great Western Stories (Editor; Contributor) 88 copies
The Planet Wizard 84 copies, 1 review
The Bold Frontier 57 copies, 2 reviews
Six-Gun Planet (Author) 53 copies
Black in Time 43 copies
Time Gate 42 copies, 2 reviews
On Wheels 32 copies
I, Barbarian 23 copies
The Hybrid 22 copies
New Trails: Twenty-Three Original Stories (Editor; Contributor) 16 copies
Arena 13 copies
Kings Crusader 13 copies
Johnny Havoc 7 copies
Mask of Chaos 6 copies
Make Mine Mavis (Author) 6 copies
Great Women Reporters 5 copies, 1 review
Give Me This Woman (Author) 4 copies
And So to Bed (Author) 3 copies
Sir Scoundrel 3 copies
Nebe a peklo 2 copies
No Comment 2 copies
Making It Big 2 copies
Machine 2 copies
Kadetterne 2 copies
1996 1 copy
1990 1 copy
Karkuri 1 copy
Pioneeri 1 copy
Os titãs 1 copy
The Beast 1 copy
With Wings 1 copy
Voittajat 1 copy
Over My Dead Body (Introduction, some editions) 938 copies, 22 reviews
Flashing Swords! #2 (Contributor) 178 copies, 1 review
Treasures of Fantasy (Contributor) 128 copies, 1 review
Spectrum 4 (Contributor) 105 copies, 2 reviews
Heroes and Horrors (Introduction, some editions) 86 copies, 2 reviews
The Arbor House Treasury of Great Western Stories (Contributor; Introduction) 84 copies, 1 review
Mammoth Book of Short Fantasy Novels (Contributor, some editions) 76 copies, 1 review
A Century of Noir: Thirty-two Classic Crime Stories (Contributor) 74 copies, 3 reviews
North and South [1985 TV miniseries] (Original novel) 68 copies, 1 review
Orbit 3 (Contributor) 66 copies
Swords against Tomorrow (Contributor) 61 copies
Guilty As Charged (Contributor) 60 copies
100 Twisted Little Tales of Torment (Contributor) 55 copies, 1 review
The Mammoth Book of Sword and Honour (Contributor) 46 copies, 1 review
Baker's Dozen: 13 Short Science Fiction Novels (Contributor) 45 copies, 3 reviews
Frights (Contributor) 40 copies
Baker's Dozen: 13 Short Fantasy Novels (Contributor) 36 copies, 1 review
Civil War Ghosts (Civil War Series) (Contributor) 34 copies
Dark Mind, Dark Heart (Contributor) 31 copies
Great Tales of the West (Introduction; Contributor) 29 copies, 1 review
101 Mystery Stories (Contributor) 25 copies
Law of the Gun (Pinnacle Westerns) (Contributor) 20 copies, 1 review
The Best of the American West II (Contributor) 12 copies, 1 review
Prime Suspects (Contributor) 10 copies
Hollywood Kills (Introduction) 10 copies
Homicidal Acts (Contributor) 9 copies
ULLSTEIN 2000 SF STORIES 20 (Contributor) 4 copies
The Do-It-Yourself Bestseller: A Workbook (Contributor, some editions) 3 copies
Fantastic Chicago (Author) 2 copies
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John William Jakes (b. 1932), American author of fantasy, science fiction, westerns, and historical fiction. Although Jakes uses the name Alan Payne, there are other authors in LT named Alan Payne. Please do not combine them.

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