John Jakes was an American author who was known for his historical fiction, particularly his bestselling "North and South" trilogy, which was later adapted into a popular television series. He was born on March 31, 1932, in Chicago, Illinois, and passed away on November 12, 2021, at the age of 89.
Jakes began his writing career in the 1950s, and over the course of his career, he wrote more than 60 novels, including several series and standalone works. Many of his books were set in historical periods, and he was known for his meticulous research and attention to detail in his writing.
Jakes was a prolific and influential author, and his work had a significant impact on the historical fiction genre. He won several awards throughout his career, including the Western Heritage Award and the Porgie Award from the Westchester Library Association.
Jakes' legacy will continue to be felt in the literary world, and he will be remembered as a talented and dedicated writer who brought history to life through his novels.