The Kent Family Chronicles

The Kent Family Chronicles

The Kent Family Chronicles "(also known as The Bicentennial Series)" is a series of eight novels by John Jakes written to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence of the United States of America. The books became best sellers, with no novel in the series selling fewer than 3.5 million copies.Mary Ellen Jones. [http://books.google.com/books?id=ZnuYKJSoHCMC&pg=PA287&lpg=PA287&dq=%22kent+family+chronicles%22&source=web&ots=8oKhzNy6GG&sig=t_HNeLrD485Bn2RrR569AleQEao#PRA5-PA286,M1 "John Jakes"] , "Dictionary of Midwestern Literature", pp. 286-288] With "The Rebels", "The Seekers" and "The Furies", Jakes became the first author to have three books on the New York Times bestseller list in a single year (1975).Kay Kipling. [http://www.sarasotamagazine.com/Articles/Sarasota-Magazine/2006/11/The-John-Jakes-Chronicles.asp "The John Jakes Chronicles"] , "Sarasota Magazine", November 2006]

The books tell about different members of the Kent family and their connection with history. The first novel begins just before the American Revolution, with Frenchman Phillipe Charboneau, who travels to England and later to the New World, changing his name to Philip Kent along with the way and meeting several key figures of the Revolution, including the Marquis de La Fayette, Benjamin Franklin, Samuel Adams, Paul Revere, Joseph Warren, and others. The saga ends some generations later, in 1890. (It was originally intended to continue until 1976, covering 200 years.)Mary Ellen Jones. [http://books.google.com/books?id=2pzmvCXfuoAC&pg=PA29&lpg=PA29&dq=%22kent+family+chronicles%22&sig=Ibtj_POBMpUgL6821SM1-jQwSlA "Part Two: The Kent Family Chronicles] "John Jakes: A Critical Companion", Greenwood Press, 1996, p. 29] The first two novels in the series were made into telefilms in 1978 and 1979, both starring Andrew Stevens as Philip Kent, with the third becoming a 1979 telefilm starring Randolph Mantooth as son Abraham Kent.

Novels

* "The Bastard" (1974)
* "The Rebels" (1975)
* "The Seekers" (1975)
* "The Furies" (1976)
* "The Titans" (1976)
* "The Warriors" (1977)
* "The Lawless" (1978)
* "The Americans" (1979)

Footnotes

External links

* [http://www.johnjakes.com/kentchronicles.htm John Jakes Official Homepage]
* [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0077212/ "The Bastard"] on IMDb
* [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0079783/ "The Rebels"] on IMDb
* [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0079877/ "The Seekers"] on IMDb


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