John Jakes


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in Chicago, Illinois, The United States
March 31, 1932

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John William 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.

Also writes under pseudonyms Jay Scotland, Alan Payne, Rachel Ann Payne, Robert Hart Davis, Darius John
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North and South (North and ...

4.20 avg rating — 56,502 ratings — published 1982 — 60 editions
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The Bastard (Kent Family Ch...

4.11 avg rating — 22,302 ratings — published 1974 — 4 editions
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Love and War (North and Sou...

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4.04 avg rating — 10,462 ratings — published 1987 — 39 editions
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4.18 avg rating — 6,528 ratings — published 1977 — 28 editions
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The Rebels (Kent Family Chr...

4.09 avg rating — 6,508 ratings — published 1975 — 43 editions
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The Seekers (Kent Family Ch...

4.07 avg rating — 5,617 ratings — published 1975 — 36 editions
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The Furies (Kent Family Chr...

4.09 avg rating — 5,074 ratings — published 1976 — 34 editions
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4.11 avg rating — 4,603 ratings — published 1976 — 31 editions
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4.19 avg rating — 4,116 ratings — published 1979 — 23 editions
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“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. Above all, let who you are, what you are, what you believe, shine through every sentence you write, every piece you finish.”
John Jakes

“The pain comes from more than the facts of circumstance, or the deeds of others. It comes from within. From understanding what we lost. It comes from knowing how foolish we were - vain, arrogant children - when we thought ourselves happy. It comes from knowing how fragile and doomed the old ways were, just when we thought them and ourselves, secure!. The pain comes from knowing we have never been safe, and therefore will never be safe again. It comes from knowing we can never be children again. ”
John Jakes, Heaven and Hell

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2nd Quarter Long Read Classic-April-June 2015

1936, Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell, 1037 pages
 
  14 votes, 31.1%

 
  8 votes, 17.8%

1981, Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie, 647 pages
 
  5 votes, 11.1%

 
  5 votes, 11.1%

 
  4 votes, 8.9%

 
  3 votes, 6.7%

 
  2 votes, 4.4%

1982, North and South by John Jakes, 812 pages
 
  2 votes, 4.4%

1962, The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing, 640 pages
 
  1 vote, 2.2%

 
  1 vote, 2.2%

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