The Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Awards
2008 Recipient for Lifetime Achievement
Mr. Jakes' support of and impact on the arts statewide, regionally, nationally and internationally is evident through his extensive body of work, as well as his personal affiliations with many arts, university, community and national organizations.
Praised as "the godfather of the historical novel" and "America's history teacher," Jakes integrates the lives of his fictional characters with those of historical personages, and involves them in great events of U.S. and world affairs. He has authored hundreds of works, had an unparalleled 18 consecutive New York Times bestsellers, and in 1975, became the first author ever to have three books on the New York Times bestseller list in a single year.
Jakes has received numerous honors and awards. He was honored by the Western Writers of America with the annual Owen Wister Award in 2007, received the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina's Reflection Society Award for Philanthropy in 2002, and was awarded the S.C. Humanities Association's highest honor for Career Achievement in support of the humanities in 1998. Five universities have presented him with honorary doctorates, and he has been twice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, first for North and South, and then for Homeland.