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Author John JakesJohn Jakes is the acknowledged contemporary master of the family saga. He is the creator of the legendary eight-volume of the Kent Family Chronicles, the Main and Hazard families of The North and South Trilogy, and the Crowns of Chicago, German-Americans whose stories interweave the history of the twentieth century in Homeland and its sequel, American Dreams. His novel, Charleston, led him to the turbulent years of the Revolution and the Civil War, and became his sixteenth consecutive New York Times bestseller.

Jakes began writing professionally during his freshman year at Northwestern University, where he was studying acting. He decided to trade the stage for the typewriter when, at age 18, he sold his first story for $25. "That check changed the whole direction of my life," says Jakes.

In March of 1973, Jakes began work on The Bastard, first of the eight volumes of The Kent Family Chronicles. The series, depicting American history through the lives of a fictional family, became the publishing industry phenomenon of America's Bicentennial decade.

North and South, the first book in Jakes's celebrated Civil War trilogy, was published in 1982, Love and War in 1984, and the concluding volume, Heaven and Hell in 1987. California Gold was published in 1989, and 1993 saw publication of, the first of a new cycle of novels about a fictional family in the twentieth century. Homeland was named by the New York Times as one of its "notable books of 1993." The Crown family saga continues in American Dreams.

Jakes holds honorary doctorates from five universities, the most recent from Ohio State. In 1995 he received the National Cowboy Hall of Fame's Western Heritage Literary Award for his short story Manitow and Ironhand, now collected in the anthology of Jakes stories, The Bold Frontier.

He is a member of the Authors Guild, the Dramatists Guild, and American P.E.N., and serves on the board of the Authors Guild Foundation. He is married to the former Rachel Ann Payne of Danville, Illinois, whom he met at DePauw. They have four children and eleven grandchildren. They divide their time between homes in South Carolina and Florida.

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John Jakes Bibliography


MAINSTREAM NOVELS

The Kent Family Chronicles

  1. The Bastard - 1974 (Film adaptation: The Bastard)
  2. The Rebels - 1975 (Film adaptation: The Rebels)
  3. The Seekers - 1975 (Film adaptation: The Seekers)
  4. The Furies - 1976
  5. The Titans - 1976
  6. The Warriors - 1977
  7. The Lawless - 1978
  8. The Americans - 1979

Johnny Havoc Series

  1. Johnny Havoc - 1960
  2. Johnny Havoc and the Siren in Red - 1968
  3. Havoc for Sale - 1990
  4. Holiday for Havoc - 1991

The North and South Trilogy

  1. North and South - 1982
  2. Love and War - 1984
  3. Heaven and Hell - 1987

The Crown Family Saga

  1. Homeland - 1993
  2. American Dreams - 1998

Other Novels

  • The Texans Ride North - 1952
  • A Night For Treason - 1956
  • Wear A Fast Gun - 1956
  • The Devil Has Four Faces - 1958
  • The Seventh Man - 1958
  • I, Barbarian - 1959 (as Jay Scotland)
  • Sir Scoundrel - 1962 (as Jay Scotland)
  • Veils of Salome - 1962
  • Arena - 1963 (as Jay Scotland)
  • California Gold - 1989
  • In The Big Country - 1993, later reissued as The Bold Frontier - 2001
  • On Secret Service - 2000
  • Charleston - 2002
  • Savannah or a Gift for Mr. Lincoln - 2004
  • Funeral for Tanner Moody (with Elmer Kelton, Robert Randish) - 2004
  • The Gods of Newport - 2006

SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY

The first Brak story, "Devils in the Walls", was originally published in Fantastic Stories in 1962. It was collected in The Fortunes of Brak.

Brak the Barbarian

  1. Brak the Barbarian - 1968
  2. Brak the Barbarian Versus the Sorceress (also published as "Witch of the Four Winds" - 1969
  3. Brak the Barbarian Versus the Mark of the Demons - 1969
  4. When the Idols Walked - 1978
  5. The Fortunes of Brak - 1980
  6. Brak the Barbarian / Mark of the Demons (omnibus) - 2012
  7. Witch of the Four Winds / When the Idols Walked (omnibus) - 2012

Dark Gate

  1. Master of the Dark Gate - 1970
  2. Witch of the Dark Gate - 1972

Dragonard

  1. When The Star Kings Die - 1967
  2. The Planet Wizard - 1969
  3. Tonight We Steal the Stars - 1969

Planet of the Apes

  • Conquest of the Planet of the Apes - 1972
  • Planet of the Apes (Omnibus) - 2017

Other Novels

  • Secrets Of Stardeep - 1969
  • The Hybrid - 1969
  • The Last Magicians - 1969
  • The Asylum World - 1969
  • Mask of Chaos - 1970
  • Monte Cristo #99 - 1970
  • Six-Gun Planet - 1970
  • Black in Time - 1970
  • Time Gate - 1972
  • Mention My Name in Atlantis - 1972
  • On Wheels - 1973
  • Excalibur - 1980 with Gil Kane

Collections

  • The Best of John Jakes - 1977

CHILDREN'S BOOKS

  • The Texans Ride North - 1952
  • Susanna of the Alamo - 1986

NON-FICTION

  • Famous Firsts in Sports - 1967
  • Great War Correspondents - 1967
  • Great Women Reporters - 1969
  • Mohawk: The Life Of Joseph Brant - 1969
  • Susanna of the Alamo - 1986 (Children's Book)

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