"J" is for Jakes, John [b. 1932]. Novelist. Born in Illinois, Jakes is a nationally known best-selling novelist and historian. For several decades, he maintained his primary residence on Hilton Head Island. After graduating from DePauw University, he spent a number of years working for pharmaceutical and advertising companies. Then, in 1973 he published the first of eight volumes of the Kent Family Chronicles—a series that depicted the American Revolution through the eyes of one fictional family. Between 1982 and 1987 he produced North and South, a trilogy on the Civil War that featured the fictional South Carolina family, the Horrys. More than 60 million copies of these eleven novels are currently in print. In 2002, John Jakes published Charleston, his first full-length historical novel based on the history of what was then his adopted state.