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John Jakes (born on March 31, 1932) is a writer of fiction. Jakes first sold stories to pulp magazines while still in college in the early 1950s. 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. He gained widespread popularity with the publication of his Bicentennial Series of books in the mid to late 1970s. He has since published several more popular works of historical fiction, most dealing with American history. March 31 is the 90th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (91st in Leap years), with 275 days remaining, as the final day of March. ... 1932 is a leap year starting on a Friday. ... Though anyone who creates a written work may be called a writer, the term is usually reserved for those who write creatively or professionally, or those who have written in many different forms. ... The Three Graces, here in a painting by Sandro Botticelli, were the goddesses of charm, beauty, nature, human creativity and fertility in Greek mythology. ... Pulp magazines, often called simply the pulps, were inexpensive text fiction magazines widely published in the 1920s through the 1950s. ... For other definitions of fantasy see fantasy (psychology). ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... Broncho Billy Anderson, from The Great Train Robbery The Western movie is one of the classic American film genres. ... A historical novel is a novel in which the story is set among historical events, or more generally, where the time the action takes place in predates the time of the first publication -- distinguish and contrast the genre of alternate history. ... Generally speaking, advertising is the paid promotion of goods, services, companies and ideas by an identified sponsor. ... Pre-Colonial America For details, see the main Pre-Colonial America article. ...


  • The Seventh Man (1958)
  • Sir Scoundrel (1962) (As Jay Scotland)
  • The Bastard (1974) (The Bicentennial Series, Volume 1)

The Bastard was adapted as a television miniseries by Universal Pictures Television as the first offering of the highly successful syndicated package, Operation Prime Time (1978). The North and South trilogy was made into three miniseries on ABC in the 1980s and 1990s. North and South is general title of trilogy by John Jakes from American Civil War times. ... A trilogy is a set of three works of art, usually literature or film, that develop a single theme even though they are generally created at different times. ... Events January January 1 - The Copyright Act of 1976 takes effect, making sweeping changes to United States copyright law. ... A miniseries, in a serial storytelling medium, is a production which tells a story in a limited number of episodes. ... 2002 identity of the ABC Circle logo, designed by Paul Rand in 1962. ...

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John Jakes won legions of fans with his Kent Family Chronicles and the North and South trilogy.
John Jakes is the acknowledged contemporary master of the family saga.
Jakes is married to the former Rachel Ann Payne of Danville, Illinois, whom he met at DePauw.
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