John Jakes

John Jakes

John William Jakes (born 1932) is a writer of fiction, best known for American Historical fiction. Jakes first sold stories to pulp magazines while still in college in the early 1950s. He studied creative writing at DePauw University, Greencastle, Indiana, graduating in 1953. After earning an M.A. in American literature from Ohio State University, he published several stories and novels over the next 20 years, many of them fantasy fiction, science fiction and westerns and other sorts of historical fiction, while working in the advertising industry. In 1971, he began to write full time.

During this time, John Jakes was also a member of the Swordsmen and Sorcerers' Guild of America (SAGA), a loose-knit group of heroic fantasy authors founded in the 1960s, some of whose works were anthologized in Lin Carter's Flashing Swords! anthologies.

John Jakes gained widespread popularity with the publication of his Kent Family Chronicles, which became a bestselling Bicentennial Series of books in the mid to late 1970s, selling 55 million copies. He has since published several more popular works of historical fiction, most dealing with American history, including the North and South Trilogy about the U.S. Civil War, which sold 10 million copies and was turned into an ABC-TV miniseries.

John Jakes lives in South Carolina and Florida with his wife, Rachel, to whom he has been married since 1951.

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Speculative Fiction Novels (24)
1985  Excalibur
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1980  The Fortunes of Brak (Brak the Barbarian, #5)
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1978  Brak: When the Idols Walked (Brak the Barbarian, #4)
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1977  The Best of John Jakes
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1974  Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (Planet of the Apes)
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1973  On Wheels
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1972  Mention My Name in Atlantis
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1972  Time Gate
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1972  Witch of the Dark Gate (Dark Gate, #2)
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1970  Mask of Chaos
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1970  Monte Cristo #99
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1970  Six-Gun Planet
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1970  Black in Time
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1970  Master of the Dark Gate (Dark Gate, #1)
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1969  Brak the Barbarian: The Sorceress (Brak the Barbarian, #2)
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1969  Brak the Barbarian: The Mark of the Demons (Brak the Barbarian, #3)
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1969  Tonight We Steal the Stars
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1969  The Planet Wizard
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1969  Secrets of Stardeep
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1969  The Hybrid
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1969  The Last Magicians
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1969  The Asylum World
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1968  Brak the Barbarian (Brak the Barbarian, #1)
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1967  When the Star Kings Die
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