John Jakes





John Jakes

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in Chicago, The United States
March 31, 1932

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John Jakes, the author of more than a dozen novels, is regarded as one of today’s most distinguished writers of historical fiction. His work includes the highly acclaimed Kent Family Chronicles series and the North and South Trilogy. Jakes’s commitment to historical accuracy and evocative storytelling earned him the title of “the godfather of historical novelists” from the Los Angeles Times and led to a streak of sixteen consecutive New York Times bestsellers. Jakes has received several awards for his work and is a member of the Authors Guild and the PEN American Center. He and his wife, Rachel, live on the west coast of Florida.


Average rating: 4.08 · 115,644 ratings · 2,502 reviews · 140 distinct works · Similar authors
North and South (North and ...
4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 42,627 ratings — published 1982 — 42 editions
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The Bastard (Kent Family Ch...
4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 15,406 ratings — published 1974 — 34 editions
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Love and War (North and Sou...
4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 11,697 ratings — published 1984 — 31 editions
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Heaven and Hell (North and ...
4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 7,862 ratings — published 1987 — 29 editions
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The Warriors (Kent Family C...
4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 4,345 ratings — published 1977 — 24 editions
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The Rebels (Kent Family Chr...
4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 4,428 ratings — published 1975 — 31 editions
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The Seekers (Kent Family Ch...
4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 3,786 ratings — published 1960 — 31 editions
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The Furies (Kent Family Chr...
4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 3,541 ratings — published 1976 — 28 editions
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The Titans (Kent Family Chr...
4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 3,123 ratings — published 1976 — 25 editions
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The Americans (Kent Family ...
4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 2,750 ratings — published 1979 — 18 editions
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“Be yourself. Above all, let who you are, what you are, what you believe, shine through every sentence you write, every piece you finish.”
John Jakes

“I have always had a special affinity for libraries and librarians, for the most obvious reasons. I love books. (One of my first Jobs was shelving books at a branch of the Chicago Public Library.) Libraries are a pillar of any society. I believe our lack of attention to funding and caring for them properly in the United States has a direct bearing on problems of literacy, productivity, and our inability to compete in today's world. Libraries are everyman's free university.”
John Jakes, Homeland

“Be Yourself. Let who you are, what you are, what you believe, shine through every sentence you write, every piece you finish.”
John Jakes

Polls

2nd Quarter Long Read Classic-April-June 2015

1936, Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell, 1037 pages
 
  14 votes, 29.8%

 
  8 votes, 17.0%

 
  7 votes, 14.9%

1981, Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie, 647 pages
 
  5 votes, 10.6%

 
  4 votes, 8.5%

 
  3 votes, 6.4%

 
  2 votes, 4.3%

1982, North and South by John Jakes, 812 pages
 
  2 votes, 4.3%

1962, The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing, 640 pages
 
  1 vote, 2.1%

 
  1 vote, 2.1%

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