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General Information

Name:  Jack Bales  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Non-Fiction



Illinois Connection

Bales grew up in Aurora. He received a degree in English from Illinois College in Jacksonville, Illinois and a MS in Library Science at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.

Biographical and Professional Information

After receiving his M.S. degree, Jack Bales worked at Eureka College’s library in Eureka, Illinois and at Illinois College. In 1980, he moved to Fredericksburg, Virginia to work at the University of Mary Washington's Simpson Library. Bales is the author of a number of books and articles on Horatio Alger, Kenneth Roberts and Willie Morris. He has also spent time researching the history of the Chicago Cubs and has written articles on the team for ''Nine: A Journal of Baseball History and Culture''.

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