John William Jakes

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General Information

Name: John William Jakes

Pen Name: None

Birth Year: 1932

Place of Birth: Chicago, Illinois


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Illinois Connection

Born in Chicago in 1932, John 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.

Biographical and Professional Information

After completing school, Jakes spent his days writing copy for a large pharmaceutical corporation, then several advertising agencies, including Dancer Fitzgerald Sample, one of the world's largest. At night he wrote and published short stories--eventually 200 of them, along with some 60 books in genres such as mystery, western, and science fiction.

Published Works

  • The Texans Ride North, Winston, 1952
  • The Best of John Jakes, Dawn Books, 1977
  • North and South, Harcourt, 1982
  • Love and War, Harcourt, 1984
  • Heaven and Hell, Harcourt, 1988
  • Homeland, Doubleday, 1993
  • American Dreams, Dutton, 1998
  • The Bold Frontier, Signet, 2001
  • Crime Time, Mystery & Suspense Stories, Dutton, 2002
  • Charleston, Dutton, 2002
  • Savannah: or, A Gift for Mr. Lincoln, Dutton, 2004
  • The Gods of Newport: A Novel, Dutton, 2006

Titles for Purchase and at Your Library

North and South (North and South Trilogy Part One)

ISBN: 0451200810
Release Date: 2000-06-01

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Love and War (North and South Trilogy)

ISBN: 0451200829
Release Date: 2000-06-01

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Heaven and Hell (North and South Trilogy)

ISBN: 0451200837
Release Date: 2000-06-01

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Homeland (Historical Romance, Signet)

ISBN: 0451198425
Release Date: 1999-07-01

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The Bold Frontier

ISBN: 0451204190
Release Date: 2001-09-01

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Crime Time Mystery and Suspense (Five Star First Edition Mystery)

ISBN: 0786231572
Release Date: 2001-07

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ISBN: 0451207335
Release Date: 2003-07-01

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Savannah: Or a Gift for Mr. Lincoln

ISBN: 0451215702
Release Date: 2005-09-06

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The Gods of Newport

ISBN: 0451222342
Release Date: 2007-10-02

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Literary Awards

Porgie Award, 1977, for best books in a series; Ohioana Book Award for fiction, 1978, for "American Bicentennial" series; Friends of the Rochester Library Literary Award, 1983; Owen Wister Award for lifetime contribution to Western literature, Western Writers of America, 2007.

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

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External Links

John William Jakes on WorldCat

John William Jakes on Amazon


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